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Death threats target Chelsea manager

British police are investigating an apparent death threat made against Chelsea's Israeli coach Avram Grant, after a package containing white powder and notes threatening Grant and his wife was found at the team's training ground on Tuesday.

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British police are investigating an apparent death threat made against Avram Grant, the Israeli coach of Chelsea soccer club. A package containing a white powder was left at the team's training ground on Tuesday, police in Surrey, west of London, said on Wednesday. British media said notes threatening Grant and his wife were left with it.


"When you open this letter you will die a very slow and painful death," London's Evening Standard newspaper quoted one
of the notes as saying. Grant's wife, Tzofit, is a high-profile personality in Israel. Grant took over as Chelsea coach from Jose Mourinho last September after the Portuguese manager fell out with the club's billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich.


A spokeswoman for Surrey police said the powder had been analysed by specialists who had determined that it was harmless but an investigation into the incident continues. "Detectives are continuing their investigations in order to determine the source of the package," the spokeswoman said.  A spokesman for Chelsea Football Club confirmed the receipt of a suspicious package at the training ground but would not comment further.


Previously Chelsea's director of football, Grant, 52, is said by some to have got the main coaching job because he is close to Abramovich.

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