Gardai and FAI probes launched into alleged match-fixing at Bray Wanderers FC

AN investigation is underway into alleged match fixing at Bray Wanderers football club. The allegation relates to a fixture between Bray and Waterford on September 8. It was a friendly and Waterford won 5-0.

The National Economic Crime Bureau, otherwise known as the fraud squad, are leading the investigation.

A source said: “An allegation was made and gardai were contacted.

“As part of the investigation, gardai will attempt to uncover any evidence of illegal betting trends.

“Gardai will be working closely with Bray football club in relation to this allegation.

The FAI tonight released a statement confirming they have also launched an investigation into alleged match-fixing surrounding the game.

The statement reads: “The Football Association of Ireland has launched an investigation into alleged match-fixing surrounding the friendly match between Bray Wanderers FC and Waterford FC on Friday, September 8 at the Carlisle Grounds.

“Upon receipt of a complaint the FAI notified An Garda Siochanna and the Association has now launched an investigation into alleged breaches of FAI Rules.

“The FAI has a zero tolerance policy to match-fixing.”

Bray Wanderers FC said: “Bray Wanderers FC wish to acknowledge that they are aware of an investigation by An Garda Siochana into a recent fixture involving the Club.

“We are cooperating fully and will be making no further comment until the investigation is completed and we have been presented with the findings.”

The Bray probe comes after Athlone Town was engulfed in a suspicious betting storm.

And Athlone issued a statement, stating that they “reject the outrageous findings made by the FAI against two of the club’s players”.

The FAI decision came four months after they launched the probe, days after Longford Town had beaten Athlone 3-1 in the Midlands derby.

Sfrijan, who scored, made an error for one of Longford’s goals and Labuts for another.

Many league observers had questioned why a mystery foreign investor had got involved in Athlone Town, with several foreign players joining the First Division side.

 

There was no Garda investigation into the Athlone case.

When asked about the Bray allegations, a garda spokesman told the Irish Sun: “The National Economic Crime Bureau are currently investigating this matter and as it is an ongoing investigation we are unable comment any further.”

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