6 bailed in match-fixing inquiry

Blackburn Rovers striker DJ Campbell was one of six people arrested as part of an inquiry into alleged spot-fixing during football matches, his club has confirmed. All six suspects have been bailed until April.

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Tranmere Rovers defender bailed in spot-fixing probe

Tranmere Rovers defender Ian Goodison is believed to be the sixth person bailed as part of an investigation into spot-fixing during football matches.

Goodison, 41, has made over 400 appearances for Rovers since joining in 2004 and has represented Jamaica at international level.

Tranmere Rovers defender Ian Goodison is believed to be the sixth person bailed. Credit: PA Wire

A club statement read: "Tranmere Rovers is aware of reports in today's media regarding Ian Goodison.

"As this is an ongoing investigation the Club has no further comment at this time."


Profile: DJ Campbell

DJ Campbell has played and scored goals in the Premier League. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/

DJ Campbell is the latest, and most high profile, footballer known to have been arrested as part of a spot-fixing investigation.

  • A 32-year-old striker who currently plays for Blackburn Rovers in the Championship
  • Shot prominence in 2005 with his goalscoring exploits at non-league Yeading, which led to a £500,000 move to Premier League Birmingham City
  • Joined Leicester City in 2007 for £1.6 million, but scored just five goals for the club.
  • Moved to Blackpool in 2010 for a club record fee of £1.25m and had his most successful season, scoring an impressive 13 goals in the Premier League
  • Queens Park Rangers bought him for £1.2m in 2011, but he failed to shine in west London and signed for Blackburn, where he has so far failed to score a goal.
  • Has also played for Ipswich, Derby County and Brentford.

Blackburn confirm DJ Campbell has been arrested

Blackburn Rovers striker DJ Campbell has been arrested as part of a football "spot-fixing" investigation, his club has confirmed.

Blackburn Rovers forward DJ Campbell Credit: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport

The 32-year-old is one of six people detained in an investigation by the National Crime Agency after it acted on information passed by the Sun on Sunday newspaper.

In a statement, Blackburn Rovers FC said: "Following reports in today's national media, Blackburn Rovers can confirm that striker DJ Campbell has been arrested.

"The club will be making no further comment on what is now an ongoing legal matter."


Manager says his players 'offered match-fixing bribes'

Marcus Gayle, manager of Conference South team Staines Town, has claimed his players were offered match-fixing bribes just three weeks ago.

I never thought match-fixing was possible but now I have changed my mind for obvious reasons, now I am convinced it's all over the place, at least that's how it appears to be to me.

– Marcus Gayle, Staines Town's manager

Gayle said: "We reported the incident straight away to the FA. That shows we have done the right thing. Our players are absolutely furious."

The former Wimbledon and Watford player told BT Sport he was furious when he discovered the approach, which was made to one of his players by telephone.

Six people in custody over football match fixing claims

The National Crime Agency has confirmed that six people are in custody being questioned by police over allegations of football match fixing, following information passed from the Sun on Sunday to police. In a statement, the NCA said:

The NCA can confirm that the Sun on Sunday has passed material from its own investigation to the National Crime Agency.

An active NCA investigation is now underway and we are working closely with the Football Association and the Gambling Commission.

Six people are in custody and are being questioned by NCA officers. We cannot comment further at this stage.

Montano: 'I was hacking people down' against Wolves

Cristian Montano attempts to tackle Wolves player James Henry in a League One Match in October 2013. Credit: PA

Footballer Cristian Montano, 21, was filmed by the Sun on Sunday claiming he had tried to get booked during a League One match for Oldham against Wolves in return for cash payment.

The attacker told the undercover reporter: "From minute one I was hacking people down. People running past me and I would go clip. I run against one player and barged him."

He also offers to take another yellow card in an upcoming league fixture.

Montano was on the books of Premier League club West Ham between 2010 and 2012 but did not make any league appearances.

He was loaned to Notts County, Swindon, Dagenham & Redbridge and Oxford United before being sold to Oldham in August 2012.

Oldham investigate claims against Cristian Montano

Oldham Athletic have launched an internal investigation after a Sun on Sunday report claimed winger Cristian Montano was part of a spot-fixing operation.

Oldham Athletic Football Club has been made aware of the incident and allegation surrounding one of its players, Cristian Montano.

The Club will commence an immediate internal investigation to establish all the relevant facts of the case.

The Club is co-operating with other agencies in this matter and cannot comment on specific facts at this stage.

The Club will not be issuing any further statements at this time.

– Oldham Athletic

Colombian-born Montano, 21, was filmed claiming he attempted to pick up a deliberate yellow card in a League One match against Wolves in October.

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