Six arrests in match-fixing probe

Six men have been arrested as part of an investigation into alleged match-fixing in English football, the BBC has reported, with at least three of the group said to be professional footballers.

The arrests were made by officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA), who said the focus of the operation was a suspected international illegal betting syndicate. None of the players arrested are thought to be affiliated with professional clubs.

A statement from the Football Association said: “We have worked closely with the authorities in relation to these allegations. The FA will make no further comment at this time due to ongoing investigations.

The Gambling Commission said it had provided advice, intelligence and expertise in supporting the investigation and continues to liaise with the NCA and FA.

An undercover investigation by the Daily Telegraph claimed a Singapore-based betting fixer was interested in influencing results in lower league matches for £50,000 a meeting held in Manchester.

Football League chairman Shaun Harvey, whose organisation was not contacted by police about the matter, said: “The threat of corruption is something that the Football League and the other football authorities treat with the utmost seriousness. The integrity of our matches and our competitions is the bedrock of the domestic game.

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