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In secret footage filmed by the Sun on Sunday, former Portsmouth player Sam Sodje claims he took a £70,000 payment for a sending off during a third-tier League One fixture in February this year.
Sodje, who was born in London but represented Nigeria at international level, played three times in the Premier League for Reading in the 2006/07 season.
The National Crime Agency said in a statement they had launched a new investigation as a result of the footage: "We can confirm that The Sun has supplied us with intelligence and an investigation is ongoing."
In more secret filming by the Sun on Sunday, Sam Sodje claimed another player would take a £30,000 payment for deliberately earning a booking during a Championship match.
Explaining the scheme to the newspaper's undercover reporter, Sodje said: “This guy came to meet me at my house and it was sorted. That’s how easy it is — it’s nothing. The booking one is easy. This is the best time because it’s Christmas. I can get you four.”
The Sun said it accompanied Sodje to the fixture in question and the unnamed player did indeed pick up a yellow card for "a sliding tackle on an opponent after the ball had already gone out of play".
The National Crime Agency is investigating a fresh series of football match-fixing allegations after claims that a former Stevenage player said he could influence games in return for cash.
Sam Sodje allegedly boasted that he could control events such as bookings, according to allegations in the Sun on Sunday_
It is also alleged that Sodje punched an opponent in the groin to get sent off and receive a bung of £70,000. The incident allegedly occurred when he was playing for Portsmouth against Oldham Athletic in February this year. Sodje made 32 appearances for Stevenage when they were a non-league side
Stephen Fry has been named as the nation's ideal holiday companion.
The broadcaster and writer beat off competition from David Beckham, Kelly Brook and Keith Lemon to claim the top spot in the poll for the Radio Times.
Second place in the search for a perfect getaway friend went to David Beckham, with Michael Palin - who will soon rejoin Monty Python for a series of shows to be staged in 2014 - in third with David Attenborough placed in ninth position.
Jade Bremner, Radio Times travel editor, said: "I'm not surprised at all, Stephen Fry is a born traveller and would charm the pants off anyone you'd meet on your trip.
"The last thing you want when you're travelling is to be stuck with someone who can't laugh when things, often inevitably, go wrong."
Service suspended on Greater Anglia between Beccles and Lowestoft due to earlier poor weather. Tickets being accepted on routes 64, 65, 66, 75, 76 and 77 on First Suffolk Bus services between Ipswich and Saxmundham.
Due to the North Sea tidal surge, trains will be disrupted until at least Wedneday 11th December. Trains between Ipswich and Felixstowe have resumed
Technical problems that caused delays and cancellations at airports across the UK and Ireland have been resolved, the National Air Traffic Service (Nats) said.
Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 15-year-old girl from Kesgrave in Suffolk. Tiffany Ambrose was last seen at around 8pm on Friday night.She left her home address in Windrush Road, Kesgrave and has not returned since.
She is described as white, around 5ft 6ins tall, of medium build, with blond hair that is shaved on the right hand side and brushed over to the left. She also has blue eyes and a stud in her right eyebrow.
She was last seen wearing black leggings, a green camouflage jacket and possibly white trainers.
Officers believe Tiffany is still in the local area and are asking anyone with information as to where she is to get in contact immediately on 101.
Ryanair has hit out at the UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for failing to have a contingency plan in the event of an air traffic control (ATC) failure, like the one that disrupted thousands of people's flights this morning.
Hundreds of flights were delayed and cancelled across southern England, Ireland and other parts of northern Europe after an ATC problem in Swanwick. A spokesperson said:
Ryanair is calling on the CAA to intervene and prevent further chaos for thousands of passengers affected by this ATC failure.
While we acknowledge problems can occur, where is the contingency? It's simply not good enough and the CAA needs to act now.
Over 300 Ryanair flights to and from the south of England have been affected, with 12 cancelled so far.
We apologise to affected passengers, however these circumstances are entirely beyond our control.
Animal welfare officers are working around the clock to help dozens of injured seal pups washed up during this week's tidal surge along Britain's east coast.
The weeks-old seals were separated from their mothers as the country suffered its most serious coastal event for 60 years.
Alison Charles, manager of the East Winch centre, said: "This couldn't have happened at a worse time for the seals, as we are right at the height of the pupping season.