Ten arrested on match fixing allegations over Rhyl FC match

Reporter:

Dean Jones

TEN people have been arrested on match fixing allegations relating to a Dafabet Welsh Premier League match between Port Talbot Town and Rhyl.

Seven men and three women were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud as part of an ongoing investigation by the force’s Economic Crime Unit.
 
All suspects are currently in police custody.
 
South Wales Police commenced an investigation after receiving information from the Football Association of Wales and the Gambling Commission’s Sports Betting Intelligence Unit about betting patterns on the match on April 9, which finished 5-0 to the Lilywhites.
 
The matter had initially been referred to the Gambling Commission by the Football Association of Wales.
 
Jonathan Ford, Football Association of Wales Chief Executive, said: “These arrests are as result of a thorough process of evidence gathering and close co-operation between the FAW, South Wales Police and the Gambling Commission. 
 
“The FAW remains committed to our Integrity Education Programme which began in 2014, as well as the monitoring and reporting systems we have in place which have contributed to these arrests.
 
“The FAW will not bring any sporting sanctions against any individuals while the police investigation is ongoing.”
 
Richard Watson, Gambling Commission programme director, added: “The Gambling Commission Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU) provided information to South Wales Police concerning betting patterns seen on a Welsh Premier League fixture between Rhyl and Port Talbot Town.
 
“The SBIU will continue to support all sports governing bodies, law enforcement agencies, betting operators and other regulators in a collaborative effort to address issues of betting integrity.”

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