Seven more Football League players held over 'spot-fixing'

Seven further players from Football League clubs based in the North West of England have been arrested in connection with alleged spot-fixing, the National Crime Agency said.

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Preston say they were contacted by spot-fixing inquiry

Preston North End have confirmed that the club was contacted today by the National Crime Agency in relation to an investigation into spot-fixing allegations.

Preston North End Football Club can confirm that today, 3rd April 2014, the Club has been contacted by the National Crime Agency in relation to a wide ranging investigation into ‘spot fixing’ in football.

There are no suggestions that any offences that might have occurred involved match fixing.

None of our employees have been charged with any offence at this time and until or unless this position changes we will be taking no further action nor making any further comment.

All of our contracted employees are available for selection by the manager.

– Preston North End statement

Six re-arrested in spot-fixing investigation

Six individuals arrested in December 2013 have been rearrested today "based upon new evidence", the National Crime Agency said.

Of those six, Millwall striker DJ Campbell and Tranmere defender Ian Goodison were named by their respective clubs.

Ex-Portsmouth defender Sam Sodje and ex-Oldham winger Cristian Montano were filmed in the initial Sun on Sunday investigation.

DJ Campbell is currently playing for Millwall on loan from Blackburn. Credit: PA
Sam Sodje seen warming up while at Portsmouth in 2013. He is currently without a club. Credit: Empics

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Police interviewing 13 individuals over spot-fixing

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said:

In December 2013 the NCA arrested six men in connection with an investigation into individuals suspected of Conspiracy to commit acts of Bribery and Money Laundering relating to conduct during football matches.

They were interviewed and bailed to return on 8th April pending further inquiries.

Officers from the NCA have been actively pursuing a number of lines of inquiry in this ongoing investigation.

The NCA have today re-arrested the six original suspects based upon new evidence, along with a further seven footballers aged between 18 and 30 suspected of potential involvement in these offences.

The seven men arrested in addition to the original six are from Football League clubs based in the North West of England.

All 13 individuals are being interviewed at police stations across the country.

The investigation began following receipt of material from the Sun on Sunday.

It remains ongoing and we cannot provide further detail at this stage.

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