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.
We are aware that a steward was injured inside the ground and I would like to reassure people that will be looking into the circumstances around how and why that happened.
We have been working closely with the football club in the lead up to and throughout the match. I would like to stress that it is only a minority who have been involved in the disorder with the majority of supporters enjoying the event and getting home safely.
A football steward appeared to be trampled by a police horse following a pitch invasion at the end of the Capital One Cup game between Preston North End and Blackpool tonight.
The steward, who was wearing a hi-vis jacket, was on the Deepdale pitch helping clear fans after the hosts' late winner prompted scores of supporters to run from the stands to congratulate the players.
But one steward appeared to be struck by a police horse as it cantered across the pitch, while another horse - also helping with crowd dispersal - seemed to clip the steward as he lay on the ground.
Tom Clarke headed the only goal as the League One side defeated Lancashire rivals Blackpool.