Senior football figures including Sammy Lee have been cleared of all charges after they were accused of a string of offences surrounding a transfer deal.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) offered no evidence against Bolton, their chairman Phil Gartside and others from the club, as well as top agent Jerome Anderson and others from his SEM firm, and the retired midfielder Gavin McCann.
Agent Tony McGill started a private prosecution against the parties, following a legal battle over his claims he was cut out of McCann’s transfer from Aston Villa to Bolton in 2007.
The CPS took over the case and at a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court, the prosecution formally offered no evidence.
As a technicality, all the charges were read out to the parties from Bolton, SEM and Mr McCann, and “not guilty” pleas were entered to all.
After hearing the CPS was not offering any evidence, Judge Tim Gittins told the defendants: “That brings the matter to an end.”
The issue of costs for all sides has yet to be decided.