A professional football club or clubs are being investigated over allegations of money laundering, a minister has said.
Security minister Ben Wallace told the treasury select committee that the sports industry “is as susceptible as anything else” to being used to hide the source of dirty money.
The minister replied: “I know of (a) professional football club or clubs under investigation.
“I couldn’t reveal how many and what they are, for that is an operational matter.”
When he was pushed to give the number involved, Mr Wallace said: “There are live investigations that go on all the time and to expand any more could threaten investigations.
Mr Wallace told the MPs it can take years for investigations into money laundering to be finished.
“Not enough” had been reported by the football authorities, Mr Wallace told the committee.
A National Crime Agency spokeswoman said: “We do not routinely confirm or deny the existence of investigations.”
“We have not charged any professional football clubs with money laundering, and there are none currently in the court process.”