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Three men (30s) arrested as part of Garda probe into League of Ireland match-fixing

The arrests bring the total number arrested as part of Operation Brookweed to 14

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Neil FetherstonhaughSunday World

Three men in their thirties have been arrested as part of a Garda investigation into alleged match-fixing in the League of Ireland.

The Anti-Bribery & Corruption Unit, Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) carried out what gardai called “a day of action” in relation to alleged match-fixing in the League of Ireland.

The arrests bring the total number arrested as part of Operation Brookweed to 14.

"As part of the planned operation two males have been arrested in the Dublin region, 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 a Garda station in South Dublin," a garda spokesperson said.

"A further male (30s) has been arrested in the eastern region, also on suspicion of the offence of Conspiracy to Defraud contrary to Common Law and is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at a Garda station in the Eastern Region."

The operation is being supported by local Garda resources attached to both the Southern and Eastern regions.

Interpol officers attached to Interpol’s Match-Fixing Task Force have also travelled from Interpol HQ in Lyon, France to support the operation.

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).

Detectives from the Anti-Bribery & Corruption Unit at GNECB also arrested a man in the Northwest last week as part of this ongoing investigation.

Commenting on Operation Brookweed, Detective Superintendent Catharina Gunne, 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.

"The Anti-Bribery and Corruption Unit will take proactive action where necessary to disrupt such criminality. Match-fixers prey on young and vulnerable players in order to corrupt them for their ends. "

Gardai continue to appeal to anyone who have information in relation to match-fixing or sports corruption to report the matter in confidence to the Bribery and Corruption Confidential Reporting line on 1800 40 60 80, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or to their local garda station.

Investigations are ongoing.


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