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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Portsmouth 'shocked and saddened' by allegations

Footballer Sam Sodje was filmed claiming to have taken payment to earn a booking while playing for Portsmouth. Credit: PA

Portsmouth spokesman Colin Farmery said: "If these serious allegations are true then we are extremely shocked and saddened by them, as match-fixing of any type goes to the heart of the integrity of the game.

"The player in question no longer plays for the club and we have not been contacted by the authorities, but of course we would cooperate fully with any inquiry."

Sodje 'arranged £30,000 yellow in Championship game'

Sam Sodje pictured warming up before a Portsmouth match in March 2013. Credit: Empics

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".

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Footballer claims he took £70,000 for sending off

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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."

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League treating allegations 'with utmost seriousness'

Speaking about the latest allegations on match-fixing in the Championship, English football's second tier, Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey said:

We treat any allegations of criminal activity in our competitions with the utmost seriousness.

Given that there is an ongoing police investigation into this matter, we cannot comment further at this time.

Although, we would encourage anyone with any evidence to report it to the police.

We will be giving our full assistance to the police during their investigation.

Police confirm new investigation over match fixing

Detectives have confirmed that a new investigation is underway over match fixing.

The National Crime Agency released a statement following an investigation in The Sun on Sunday.

We can confirm that The Sun has supplied us with intelligence and an investigation is ongoing.

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

We cannot comment further at this stage.

– National Crime Agency
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