Friday 18 August 2017

FAI widen Athlone Town investigation to examine two other games

Jack O'Toole

The Football Association of Ireland confirmed on Friday that they will be widening their investigation into Athlone Town FC to examine two other games involving the club after it was revealed on Thursday that the League of Ireland club were at the centre of a Gardai investigation amid allegations of match-fixing and irregular betting patterns.

The Association launched an investigation into the First Division club on Wednesday, after it received a detailed report from UEFA highlighting irregular betting patterns around the club's SSE Airtricity League First Division game with Longford Town on Saturday, April 29.

Six figures sums, believed to be in the region of €400,000, were wagered on the game between the two sides on the Asian betting markets 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. The FAI is now widening that investigation to examine two other games after receiving confidential information on Friday.

An FAI press release on the issue said:

"The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that the investigation into Athlone Town AFC regarding potential breaches of FAI rules has now been widened.

"On May 3, the FAI announced that it had launched an investigation into Athlone Town AFC following a detailed report received from UEFA highlighting irregular betting patterns around their SSE Airtricity League First Division game with Longford Town on Saturday, April 29.

"The FAI has since learned - via confidential information received on Friday, May 5 - that two other games involving the club warrants further investigation.

"The FAI have contacted the club about this new information and will commence its investigation on Monday, May 8 when meeting with players, staff and officials."

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