Forgotten former Premier League star who won title under Man Utd coach arrested on drug smuggling charges
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Forgotten former Premier League star who won title under Man Utd coach arrested on drug smuggling charges

FORMER Premier League star Ronnie Stam has been arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling and money laundering.

The Dutch defender spent three seasons in the top flight at Wigan, making 73 appearances for Latics.

Ronnie Stam played for Wigan in the Premier LeagueSource: Action Images – Reuters

He also played in their FA Cup winning run in 2013, although he did not play in the 1-0 final victory over Manchester City.

Stam signed for Wigan for £2 million from FC Twente in 2010.

He then moved to Belgians Standard Liege in 2013 before finishing his career with his hometown club NAC Breda.

Dutch police reportedly arrested the 39-year-old earlier this week as part of an investigation into large-scale drug crimes.

Sources told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad that Stam’s parents and girlfriend were also detained.

It is understood that the police initiated an investigation after a series of telephone wiretappings in 2021 and 2022.

The former player’s brother was sentenced in March to four and a half years in prison for cocaine trafficking and money laundering.

After an appeal, he remains free.

Stam’s parents were charged with money laundering and cannabis cultivation in 2016 after police found €40,000 (£33,800) in cash hidden behind a washing machine in their home.

However, the pair were cleared after they and Stam stated that the money was part of the footballer’s earnings.

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Stam won the Eredivisie title with Twente, managed by former England coach Steve McClaren, in 2010 and thus moved to the Premier League.

Now, if convicted, he could face several years in prison.

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