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THE PEEPER QUITS; United boss Edwards walks out after latest sex scandal.

Byline: PAUL BYRNE and JOHN KELLY

SOCCER boss Martin Edwards quit yesterday, days after he was involved in another sex scandal.

The Manchester United director was exposed earlier this week after he hired a prostitute while he was on club business in Switzerland.

Edwards is also waiting to see if he will be prosecuted over peeping tom allegations in a ladies loo.

The multi-millionaire resigned from his pounds 149,000-a-year post as a non-executive director of United's plc board.

The former chairman will also retire from the United club board at the end of the season. The club made the announcement to the London Stock Exchange yesterday as pressure mounted on father-of-two Edwards, 57.

He paid a hooker pounds 450 earlier this month while he was in Geneva for a Champions League draw. Newcastle United's deputy chairman Doug Hall also had sex with prostitutes. It was the latest scandal involving Edwards, who has been married to his wife Sue for 30 years.

Two years ago, it was revealed that he had sex with blonde escort girl Sarah Carter in Manchester. And in 1998 the Daily Mirror caught him paying a hooker pounds 120 during a United trip to Brazil. In August, we revealed that he was being investigated over the peeping tom allegations at a health club near his pounds 1million home in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

Last night, United fans were delighted that he had resigned.

Andy Walsh, from the Independent Manchester United Supporters Association, said: "The man has outlived his welcome at United by a number of years.

"He is a self-serving individual. It is a case of good riddance to bad rubbish."

Oliver Houston, of Shareholders United, said: "It's not before time."
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