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Ex-referee Jeff Winter probed over 'anti-Catholic posts'

Jeff Winter
Mr Winter retired from professional refereeing in 2004

The home of former Premiership referee Jeff Winter has been raided by police over alleged anti-Catholic remarks on his website after an Old Firm game.

Officers from Strathclyde Police seized equipment from Mr Winter's home in Middlesbrough on Tuesday morning.

A man was detained and later released by police in London during a further operation. This was not Mr Winter.

The probe centres on comments on Mr Winter's website after Celtic beat Rangers 1-0 in December 2011.

Mr Winter, who has described himself as a Rangers fan, is alleged to have made anti-Catholic remarks on his website following the game.

'Ongoing inquiry'

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police confirmed that an operation had targeted an address in Middlesbrough.

She said: "Around 0800 hours on Tuesday 11 September 2012, officers from the national Football Co-ordination Unit, acting under warrant, searched a house in Middlesbrough and seized various items of equipment.

"The search is part of an ongoing inquiry in connection with alleged offensive comments posted on a website.

"A further operation in London resulted in one man being detained by police and thereafter released. Enquiries continue."

Mr Winter's last post on his twitter account, dated 30 August, said that he was at the airport and would not be back until 18 September.

The 57-year-old retired from professional refereeing after taking charge of the 2004 FA Cup Final between Manchester United and Millwall.

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