More Match Fixing Charges In English Football

Published Friday, April 04, 2014 -
More Match Fixing Charges In English Football

The game of football in Europe has been plagued by corruption of many years and with the advent of online sports betting the situation has become more complicated. There is recent news that the National Crime Agency has arrested seven professional football players as part of an investigation into alleged match-fixing. After new evidence has been revealed there have been other arrests of six additional players who were originally arrested in December of last year on suspicion of match altering. The arrested individuals were to appear in court April 8th 2014 after receiving bail on the original  charges.

Those first six suspects include former English Premier League player DJ Campbell, as well as Cristian Montano, who was let go by League One side Oldham Athletic following his initial arrest. The new detainees are from Football League clubs in the north-west of England and range in age from 18 to 30.

The thirteen players are being questioned about a suspected conspiracy to commit bribery and money laundering relating to conduct during football games. Spot fixing is the intention to alter a game’s outcome by influencing an element of the match such as allowing a corner or trying for a yellow card without altering the actual score of the game.

The National Crime Agency said in statement, “The investigation began following receipt of material from the Sun on Sunday. It remains ongoing and we cannot provide further detail at this stage.” The Football League said it would fully cooperate with the NCA in the developing investigation.

"The Football League has been made aware that a number of arrests have been made in relation to an ongoing Police investigation,” A Football League spokesperson commented, “We will provide our full co-operation to the relevant authorities. Given that it is an ongoing matter, we cannot comment further at this time."




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