In England, six arrested in match-fixing allegations

Jamie McDonald

Think match-fixing is exclusive to Italy, or perhaps only pervasive in Southeast Asia? Think again: authorities in England are involved in multiple investigations of possible rigged matches.

It's not just Italy where the match-fixing magic happens. According to reports in England, players in the Championship have been getting themselves booked in exchange for cash payments. English tabloid The Sun alleges that Sam Sodje, a former defender at Reading and Portsmouth, revealed to an undercover journalist that he twice punched an opposing player in hopes of receiving a red card, which would net him £70,000. Sodje also claimed he could fix games in the Premier League and was preparing to rig the outcome of World Cup matches.

The Sun passed on information to England's National Crime Agency, which confirmed on Monday that six people were being held in custody in connection with match-fixing claims. Former Premier League striker DJ Campbell, now with Championship side Blackburn Roversis one of the six who have been arrested. Campbell was booked last week against Ipswich and, according to The Sun, the incident is at the center of the police inquiries.

The latest investigation comes close on the heels of the arrest last week of two Conference League South players, who were charged with conspiracy to defraud contrary to common law. Another Conference South manager is claiming his players were offered bribes just a few weeks ago.

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