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Gardaí have arrested 10 men in connection with an ongoing investigation into alleged match fixing in the League of Ireland.

The Garda Anti-Bribery & Corruption Unit and the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) this morning carried out what has been described as a "day of action" in relation to alleged match-fixing in the Irish senior men's soccer league.

As part of the planned operation in the Southern Region and Dublin Metropolitan Regions, 10 men, aged from their early 20s to 60s, were arrested and a number of residential properties have been searched under ‘Operation Brookweed’.

Gardaí said the operation was supported by staff attached to the Limerick and Cork City divisions.

Investigators said the men have been arrested on suspicion of the offence of Conspiracy to Defraud contrary to Common Law and are currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at various stations in the Southern Region and Dublin Metropolitan Region.

Gardaí said the operation stems from an investigation carried out by detectives attached to the Anti-Bribery & Corruption Unit in 2019, following reports of suspected match-fixing received from the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

In a statement, the FAI said: “The Football Association of Ireland notes the latest developments in the Gardai enquiry into alleged match fixing.

"The FAI, in conjunction with UEFA, remains committed to a zero tolerance policy on match fixing. As this is now a legal matter we will be making no further comment.”

Discussing today's operation, Detective Superintendent Catharina Gunne, from the GNECB, said: "Match-fixing and corruption is a threat to all sports at all levels and undermines public confidence in the fairness of sport.

"It can allow organised crime to infiltrate sport in order to use it to make illicit gains or launder proceeds of crime”.

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Gardaí are appealing for anyone who has any information in relation to match-fixing or sports corruption to contact them.

Members of the public can share information in confidence with the Anti-Bribery and Corruption Confidential Reporting line on 1800 40 60 80 or their local Garda Station.


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