Police have arrested eleven people in Wales over allegations of match-fixing in a Welsh Premier League football game that was played in April this year. The match was played between Port Talbot Town FC and Rhyl FC on April 9. The match saw Rhyl, a team which had not won in 17 matches, win 5-0.
The Football Association of Wales and the Gambling Commission’s Sports Betting Intelligence Unit referred to the South Wales Police after detecting betting patterns relating to the match. As a result of the investigation, eight men and three women have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud.
“These arrests are as a result of a thorough process of evidence-gathering and close co-operation between the FAW, South Wales Police and and the Gambling Commission,” announced chief executive of the Football Association of Wales, Jonathan Ford.
“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.”
This is the latest in a string of betting-related episode to impact the British sport. It comes not long after Northern Ireland footballer, Kyle Lafferty, who plays for Norwich City received a £23,000 fine after being found guilty of a betting violation. Lafferty was found to have breached FA Rule E8 which bans professional players from placing bets on any football-related event. The bet was placed in February and even though Norwich City was not playing a game on the date in question, the Northern Ireland international was charged on July 29, receiving the fine and a warning for the future.