A criminal investigation into match fixing allegations is due into allegations that a total of thirteen footballers have affected match outcomes or taken money illegally.
The Daily Mail has reported that a further seven players have been arrested by the police in connection to the NCA’s investigation.
Six players from Preston North End and one from Barnsley were interviewed by police as part of an investigation into alleged bribery and money laundering.
The Preston players are understood to be captain John Welsh, Keith Keane, Bailey Wright and David Buchanan, as well as Ben Davies and Graham Cummins, who are on loan at York City and Rochdale respectively. Barnsley midfielder Stephen Dawson is the seventh player.
Others who have been implicated are Blackburns’ DJ Campbell, Sam Sodje and Akpo Sodje among others. Although this is vehemently refuted by the family, with Efe Sodje insisting: ‘Match-fixing slurs will not break my family’