F.A., Gambling Commission Looking at British Soccer BettingBob Bensch
English soccer’s governing body and Britain’s Gambling Commission are looking into suspicious betting on games in one of the nation’s lower divisions.
The Football Association has been made aware of the activity involving games in the sixth-tier Football Conference South Division, the group said today in a statement, without giving specific details.
The governing body is contacting all 22 clubs in the league to ask each to remind players and officials of their responsibility under the F.A.’s betting-and-integrity rules. Anyone with information regarding possible breaches of these rules is being urged to come forward to either the F.A. or Gambling Commission, the soccer body said.
The F.A. also said it and the commission are continuing to work to further assess the evidence regarding the suspicious betting.
The U.K. investigation comes among wider concerns about match-fixing in soccer. Last month, FIFA, the sport’s global governing body, suspended people in Italy, South Korea and China for involvement in match-fixing.
Later in February, the Europol police agency said a Singapore-based operation tried to fix games across Europe, including World Cup and European Championship qualifiers, to generate more than 8 million euros ($10.5 million) in profit.
An 18-month investigation, Operation VETO, found 425 match officials, club executives, players and criminals in 15 countries worked to cheat in more than 380 matches, with another 300 targeted in other regions.