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Football: Death threats made to agent.

CHESHIRE Police were last night investigating death threats made against Wayne Rooney's agent Paul Stretford.

The Daily Post understands Stretford has received between 30 and 40 threats sent by letter, em ail and telephone. In some of the cases Stretford's life has been threatened.

A spokesman for the agent said: ``Paul Stretford and his family have recently received a number of threats from misguided people purporting to be football fans, details of which have been passed to the police.

``We will naturally co-operate fully with any investigation, which subsequently may take place. ''

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: ``We were made aware of numerous threats made against Mr Stretford and we are investigating these. ''

Meanwhile, Dr Rogan Taylor of Liverpool University's football research unit believes Rooney will thrive at Manchester United.

He said: ``It is good football sense and good commercial sense. The higher level of football he plays the better his game.

``He has scored a couple of great goals for Everton, yet when he pulls on an England shirt he plays out of his skin. ''
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 1, 2004
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