Sunday 22 October 2017

Athlone FC at centre of match-fixing and irregular betting probe

The FAI has also launched a probe into the midlands club. Stock picture
The FAI has also launched a probe into the midlands club. Stock picture
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Gardai have launched an investigation into Athlone Town FC amid allegations of match-fixing and irregular betting patterns.

It is understood the Garda Economic Crime Bureau became aware of the matter in the last 24 hours after the FAI shared information on irregular betting patterns it had received from Uefa.

The FAI has also launched an investigation into the midlands football club.

Both investigations were triggered by activity surrounding the SSE Airtricity League of Ireland First Division match between Athlone and their neighbours Longford Town last weekend.

Athlone lost the game 3-1 and it is believed that a late goal scored by Longford is one part of the investigation.

Uefa has presented a detailed analysis on unusual betting patterns to the FAI.

The FAI has handed a copy of the report on to the Garda Economic Crime Bureau.

Irish Independent

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