South Wales Police has arrested 10 people relating to allegations of match fixing in a Welsh Premier League fixture involving Port Talbot Town Football Club.
[dropcap]S[/dropcap]even men and three women are in police custody on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud as part of an ongoing investigation by the force’s Economic Crime Unit. The investigation began after the Football Association of Wales and the Gambling Commission’s Sports Betting Intelligence Unit provided information to the police about betting patterns in the match on 9 April between Port Talbot Town and Rhyl. The matter had initially been referred to the Gambling Commission by the Football Association of Wales.
Football Association of Wales chief executive, Jonathan Ford 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 [Gambling Commission Sports Betting Intelligence Unit] 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.
“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, said: “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.”