10 arrested in connection with alleged League of Ireland match-fixing

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Ten men have been arrested in connection with alleged match fixing in the League of Ireland.

The men, aged between early 20s to 60s were arrested today and a number of homes have been searched as part of a Garda operation in Cork, Limerick and Dublin.

The men have been arrested on suspicion of the offence of Conspiracy to Defraud contrary to Common Law.

They are currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at various stations in the Southern Region and in Dublin.

This 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 FAI and UEFA.

Speaking about today’s operation, Detective Superintendent Catharina Gunne, Garda National Economic Crime Bureau states that 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,” he said.

An Garda Síochána appeals to any persons who have any information in relation to match-fixing or sports corruption to contact them.

They can make a report in confidence to the Anti- Bribery and Corruption Confidential Reporting line – 1800 40 60 80 or to their local Garda Station.