11 people arrested over Port Talbot match fixing suspicions

12 August 2016

It’s been reported that relatives of a former Premier League star are among 11 people arrested over allegations of match fixing and suspicious betting involving Port Talbot Town Football Club.

A police investigation was launched in April after underdog team Rhyl sensationally beat Port Talbot 5–0, in their first victory in 17 games.

More than £30,000 was bet on the match, for which bookmakers gave odds of between 70/1 and 100/1 for Rhyl to win 5-0.

Following the investigation, eight men and three women were arrested by police this week. Eight of the group are from Swansea, two from Port Talbot and one from Neath. They have since been released on police bail.

The Daily Mirror reported that two of those arrested were relatives of a former Premier League star who had played for a host of top clubs.

­Detective Inspector Paul Giess said: “A number of players, staff and associates of Port Talbot Town FC have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud.

“Nobody has been charged and while the investigation is ongoing, no further details will be provided.”

South Wales Police launched the investigation after receiving information from the Football Association of Wales and the Gambling Commission’s sports betting intelligence unit about betting patterns on the Welsh Premier League fixture match between Port Talbot Town and Rhyl played on April 9.

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