Victoria Police make arrests into alleged match-fixing

FFA has today commended Victoria Police for the investigation of alleged match-fixing in the Victorian Premier League and this morning’s arrest of suspects.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today commended Victoria Police for the investigation of alleged match-fixing in the Victorian Premier League and this morning-s arrest of suspects.

Ten people were arrested in relation to a number of matches in which the results are alleged to have been manipulated.

The ten arrested belong to the Victorian Premier League club Southern Stars and include nine current players and a coach. They face charges under Victoria-s Crimes Act, which was amended by the Victorian Government earlier this year to include specific offences related to match-fixing.

FFA CEO David Gallop said today that FFA provided Victoria Police with information relating to suspicious betting activity and welcomed the investigation by the Sports Integrity Intelligence Unit within the force.

“The integrity of football is paramount,” said Gallop. “We provided information to Victoria Police within 24 hours of receiving an alert from our international betting integrity monitoring agents Sportradar, who then worked closely with the investigation team.

“The arrests today show that the integrity measures put in place by FFA are working to detect illegal betting activity.

“We-re determined to keep football clean. Alongside other sports bodies in Australia and globally, we must eradicate corrupt behaviour from sport.”

In addition to the criminal proceedings in Victoria, FFA will charge the people arrested today under FFA-s National Code of Conduct. They will face a range of sanctions including life bans from football which would apply worldwide.