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Betting suspended in match between police in Northern Ireland and Albert Foundry

By Frank Brownlow

Betting was this morning suspended by some bookmakers on the Co Antrim Shield quarter-final tie between the PSNI and Albert Foundry.

Although the Co Antrim Shield is a senior competition - the tie of the quarter-finals sees Linfield hosting Cliftonville at Windsor Park - both the PSNI and Albert Foundry play outside the top flight.

An Albert Foundry source dismissed any suggestion of suspicious betting patterns, saying: "The simple explanation is that the bookies got it all wrong when they offered Albert Foundry at 4/1. They didn't do their homework.

"We defeated PSNI in a semi-final last season and when people who knew that, and then saw the price on offer, they piled in for a chance of easy money. The bookies realised too late that they had been too generous with their offer."

The match is to be played at the neutral venue of Seaview tonight at 7.45pm. As well as the Linfield tie, other ties include, Glentoran v Crusaders and Ballymena v Ards.

One source told the Belfast Telegraph: "There have been a few local matches over the years which have raised suspicions. But there is nothing so far to show there has been any wrong doing in relation to this game."

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