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Soccer star is banned over match-fixing

A DUBLIN soccer star has been banned for 18 months following a match-fixing probe.

Longford Town midfielder Colm James (29), from Dun Laoghaire, was found guilty of breaching the betting rules laid down by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).

James is suspected of approaching a team-mate in a bid to fix a match.

There is no evidence any of Longford's results were affected.

Sources confirmed last night that the team-mate told a senior club member that he had been approached by James.

Longford Town alerted the FAI after being approached by one of their own players.

The FAI launched a major investigation and alerted the gardai as well as Fifa and Uefa.

James was suspended in early April and up to 50 players and officials were interviewed.


In a statement last night, the FAI said that a Longford Town player has been handed down an 18-month ban.

"The FAI Disciplinary Committee has banned a Longford Town player from all football-related activities for 18 months after he was found guilty on six counts of breaching FAI rules associated with match integrity," the FAI said.

Longford Town officials were in talks last night to decide how to deal with the fallout.

The club was unable to provide a comment when contacted by this newspaper.

Colm James is entitled to appeal against the ban.

The amateur soccer player is originally from Dun Laoghaire and played with Shamrock Rovers and Bray Wanderers before joining Longford in January 2012.

He was top goalscorer for the club last year.