Three men arrested on ‘day of action’ on match fixing

Three men have been arrested on a day of action by Gardai in relation to alleged match fixing in the League of Ireland.

Two men in their 30s were arrested in the Dublin area on suspicion of the offence of Conspiracy to Defraud contrary to Common Law and are being held at a garda station in south Dublin.

A third man was arrested in the east of the country on suspicion of the same offence and is being held in a Garda Station in the eastern region.

In a statement An Garda Siochana said they were supported by Interpol’s Match Fixing Task Force who travelled from Interpol HQ in Lyon, France to support the operation.

A statement from the FAI read:

“The FAI notes the latest developments in the ongoing Garda enquiry into alleged historical match fixing. The FAI, in conjunction with UEFA, remains committed to a zero tolerance policy on match fixing. As this continues to be a legal matter, we cannot comment further beyond this.”

Today’s arrests bring the total number arrested as part of operation Brockweed to 14.

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 & 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. ”


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