"take a look at who they are doing business with"
Police have urged the likes of Amir Khan and Tyson Fury to end their association with Daniel Kinahan.
Kinahan is an advisor to some of boxing’s biggest stars but was named in Irish courts as the head of an organised crime group.
It is alleged that the OCG has made £1 billion from smuggling firearms and narcotics.
Following Kinahan’s statement in response to the allegations in 2021, Amir Khan said:
“I’ve known Daniel for some time, I have huge respect for what he’s doing for boxing.
“We need people like Dan to keep the sport alive. One of the nicest guys I’ve met.”
I’ve known Daniel for sometime, i have huge respect for what he’s doing for boxing. We need people like Dan to keep the sport alive.
One of the nicest guys I’ve met. https://t.co/6MrajYsfLi
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) February 8, 2021
The US Government have offered a £3.8 million reward for information leading to an arrest of the Kinahan gang leaders.
They have hit Kinahan, his brother Christopher Jnr and his father Christopher Snr with ‘Russia-style’ sanctions.
This means their money and assets in UK or US banks can be frozen.
Matt Horne, Deputy Director of Investigations at the NCA, said:
“It is a matter for sport and the leaders of sport and the participants in that to take a look at who they are doing business with and if they feel comfortable with that and take the right steps.”
It is reported that they have an estimated international wealth of over £1 billion, made from smuggling firearms and narcotics into Europe.
They have allegedly imported drugs worth £30 million into the UK.
The three accused are based in the United Arab Emirates.
Sanctions also hit associates Sean McGovern, Ian Dixon and Bernard Clancy, who are all based in Dubai, as well as John Morrissey who lives in Spain.
Two UAE-based companies, Hoopoe Sports and Ducashew General Trading, are sanctioned as well as Glasgow based Nero Drinks which produces Nero Vodka.
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said:
“If you are involved with a criminal network I would ask them to look to their own business, the property of their own business and their relationship with their fans.
“Really, is this something that they want to be involved with in terms of their legitimate business?”
“I think the answer to that is a resounding no.”
Mr Horne added: “They thought they were untouchable, but we will explore every opportunity to disrupt their criminal activities. We will not stop here.”
There is no suggestion that Amir Khan or Tyson Fury are involved in any criminality.
Despite the allegations, Kinahan says he is innocent.