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FAI launches Athlone Town probe over 'irregular betting patterns'

Wednesday, 3rd May, 2017 6:58pm

Story by Kieran Galvin
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FAI launches Athlone Town probe over 'irregular betting patterns'
FAI launches Athlone Town probe over 'irregular betting patterns'

The Football Association of Ireland has launched an investigation into Athlone Town AFC regarding potential breaches of FAI rules.

A detailed report has been received from UEFA highlighting irregular betting patterns around the club's SSE Airtricity League First Division game with Longford Town on Saturday last, April 29.

In its report to the FAI, which was received yesterday (May 2), UEFA presented analysis which demonstrated the irregular betting patterns on international markets.

• The FAI has opened an investigation on the matter and a copy of UEFA's report has been submitted to An Garda Siochana.

• The FAI has written to both clubs involved in the fixture.

• Interviews will take place with players, coaches and officials of Athlone Town AFC commencing Monday, May 8.

• If the investigation determines a breach of FAI rules, charges will be issued and the matter will be heard by the FAI Disciplinary Committee, in accordance with FAI rules.

• The FAI has been monitoring the club since it received information from UEFA following an inquiry by FAI Competitions Director, Fran Gavin, prior to the start of the 2017 season.

• The FAI remains in regular contact with UEFA and will be seeking further information.

On March 29, Mr Gavin delivered an Integrity Workshop presentation to the Athlone Town AFC senior squad and coaches on the prevention of match-fixing and betting, in his role as FAI Integrity Officer.

Longford Town won the aforementioned league match 3-1 at the City Calling Stadium.

Athlone Town AFC has also released a statement on the matter - saying they are "absolutely shocked" by documentation received from the FAI and UEFA.

"The board and the management committee of Athlone Town AFC are absolutely shocked by the contents of documentation forwarded to us by the FAI and UEFA concerning our recent First Division game against Longford Town," says the statement.

"The club absolutely abhors match fixing and would never knowingly get involved in such unacceptable activity.

"The club will be fully co-operating with those conducting the investigation, and look forward to meeting with FAI officials next week.

"Should any of the allegations be upheld the club will take action against any wrongdoers."

"The club will not be commenting any further on the matter until the investigation has been completed," added the statement.

 

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