Match fixing claim prompts strong denial

6 June 2014

 

Andrew Edwards - Refuting claims of match fixing.

Andrew Edwards – Refuting claims of match fixing.

Port Talbot Town FC has strongly refuted allegations that it has been involved in match-fixing.

A report by Federbet – a gaming anti-corruption organisation – presented to the European Parliament on Tuesday, alleged that Port Talbot Town’s 1-1 draw with Carmarthen Town in December was fixed.

The club issued this statement:

“Port Talbot Town is hugely surprised to learn that one of last season’s matches has been mentioned in a report into match-fixing.

“The club would like to stress categorically that it is not and has never been involved in such activities.

“Like the overwhelming majority of the football world, it considers any form of corruption completely and utterly unacceptable.”

Chief executive Andrew Edwards said: “At Port Talbot we pride ourselves on our integrity. Any suggestion of match-fixing is extremely serious and potentially very damaging, and as a football club we treat it with the utmost severity.

“We have absolutely nothing to hide and welcome any investigation, which the club would fully assist.”

The Football Association of Wales and the Welsh Premier League said they would contact Federbet to get more information.

The FAW and WPL said both games had been spot-checked by monitors.

A statement added: “The FAW has not received any communication or information from Federbet in relation to the matches detailed in their report.

“Every Welsh Premier League match is monitored by our integrity partners, who will immediately inform the FAW of any suspicions of match-fixing, should the occasion arise.

“Throughout the 2013/2014 season, the FAW requested several spot-checks on matches in Wales, which incidentally included the matches detailed above. The report received from the FAW’s integrity partners, earlier in the season, suggested that no manipulation occurred in these matches.”

 

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