Soccer agent sent threatening email to Chelsea director demanding six-figure sum over Kurt Zouma transfer – court hears


A soccer agent sent a threatening email to a senior director at Premier League club Chelsea, demanding a six-figure commission over the transfer of French defender Kurt Zouma, prosecutors told a London court on Tuesday.

Saif Rubie sent an email to Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea’s director of football under former owner Roman Abramovich, in May 2022 after Zouma’s transfer to West Ham from Chelsea the previous year.

The 45-year-old has pleaded not guilty to one charge under the British Malicious Communications Act and his trial at Southwark Crown Court began on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Arizuna Asante said Rubie (whose name appeared on court lists as Saif Alrubie) told Granovskaia that he and his partners were owed £300,000 over the deal.

Granovskaia gave evidence on Tuesday that Chelsea received a total of £29.1million, which included £4.1million that was paid to Zouma as a “termination payment”.

In an email to Granovskaia, Rubie said: “I’m sure you’ve heard the story about your other friend Kia when he owed me money for a year and how he ended up paying it.

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