News 10th August 2016

Welsh police arrest ten on allegations of match-fixing

South Wales police have arrested ten people over allegations of involvement with fixing a 9 April Welsh Premier League football match between Port Talbot and Rhyl, which won 5-0. Police began investigating after receiving information from the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and Great Britain’s Gambling Commission, whose Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU) had referred information to the FAW. Seven men and three women, all from Wales, are currently in police custody having been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud.

“These arrests are as result of a thorough process of evidence gathering and close co-operation between the FAW, South Wales Police and the Gambling Commission”, said FAW CEO Jonathan Ford in a statement. “The FAW remains committed to our Integrity Education Programme which began in 2014, as well as the monitoring and reporting systems we have in place which have contributed to these arrests. The FAW will not bring any sporting sanctions against any individuals while the police investigation is ongoing.”

In April, the FAW announced that it was ‘investigating allegations in relation to an alleged breach of its Betting and Integrity Rules concerning Port Talbot Town Football Club’. An investigation was also announced by the club, which has yet to comment on today’s arrests.

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