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11 arrested in Welsh Premier League match-fixing probe

Police have arrested 11 people as part of a probe into alleged match-fixing of a Welsh Premier League fixture.

Detectives began investigating after receiving information about betting patterns on the match between Port Talbot Town and Rhyl in April.

The game in question saw Port Talbot lose 5-0 to already relegated Rhyl - who had not won in 17 matches previously.

South Wales Police said eight men and three women were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud.

The matter had initially been referred to the Gambling Commission by the Football Association of Wales (FAW) before police were contacted.

FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford said the arrests came following a "thorough process of evidence-gathering".

He said: "The FAW remains committed to our Integrity Education Programme which began in 2014, as well as the monitoring and reporting systems we have in place which have contributed to these arrests.

"The FAW will not bring any sporting sanctions against any individuals while the police investigation is ongoing."

Richard Watson, Gambling Commission programme director, said the organisation worked closely with other agencies in addressing "issues of betting integrity".

He added: "The Gambling Commission Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU) provided information to South Wales Police concerning betting patterns seen on a Welsh Premier League fixture between Rhyl and Port Talbot Town."

Police said those arrested were a 23-year-old man from Port Talbot; a 20-year-old man from Swansea; a 35-year-old man from Swansea; a 33-year-old woman from Swansea; a 48-year-old man from Swansea; a 21-year-old man from Swansea; a 43-year-old woman from Swansea; a 27-year-old man from Swansea; a 28-year-old woman from Port Talbot; a 28-year-old man from Neath; and a 24-year-old man from Swansea.


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