Police launch second UK match-fixing probe

Sun Dec 8, 2013 2:33pm EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - The National Crime Agency has launched a second probe into alleged match-fixing in English soccer after a Sunday newspaper claimed a player told an undercover reporter he could guarantee certain events in a Championship (second division) match.

"The NCA can confirm that the Sun on Sunday has passed material from its own investigation to the National Crime Agency," it said in a statement.

"An active NCA investigation is now underway and we are working closely with the Football Association and the Gambling Commission. Six people are in custody and are being questioned by NCA officers. We cannot comment further at this stage."

The newspaper said it had evidence of a player saying he arranged a booking in a recent Championship match in which another received a 30,000 pounds ($49,100) payment for getting a yellow card.

The same player allegedly boasted he could also "rig" Premier League games.

The Football League said it treated "any allegations of criminal activity in our competitions with the utmost seriousness".

"Given that there is an ongoing police investigation into this matter, we cannot comment further at this time. Although we would encourage anyone with any evidence to report it to the police," chief executive Shaun Harvey said in a statement.

"We will be giving our full assistance to the police during their investigation."

In a separate match-fixing investigation, four people have been charged, including two players from an English sixth tier semi-professional team, in connection with an alleged international illegal betting syndicate.   Continued...