Portsmouth's Avram Grant caught in brothel

By Jessica Elgot, February 4, 2010
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The Premiership manager caught by a tabloid reporter visiting a brothel has been revealed as Portsmouth manager Israeli Avram Grant.

Father-of-two Mr Grant, 54, was pictured leaving a “massage parlour” near Portsmouth’s training ground, on an industrial estate near the village of Horton Heath, where prostitutes allegedly charge £130-an-hour.

Mr Grant, who has been married to Israeli television personality Tzofit for 16 years, admitted to The Sun reporter that he knew the place was a massage parlour, but the paper has been unable to print his identity due to privacy laws.

Today, however, the Daily Telegraph revealed his identity in the wake of the landmark ruling by Mr Justice Tugendhat last week. It removed an injunction on newspapers over the affair of Chelsea and England captain John Terry with the ex-girlfriend of fellow England star Wayne Bridge.

Mr Grant’s name had been widely circulated on the internet in connection with the article and police said they were now investigating the brothel.

A spokesman for Hampshire Police said: “We are aware of certain allegations that have been made in connection with that location. There is nothing to evidence the allegations at the moment.”

Israeli-born Mr Grant, who used to manage Chelsea, reportedly declined to answer questions about the brothel visit which were put to him via his solicitor this week.

Last updated: 6:33pm, February 4 2010