The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) confirmed on Wednesday evening that it is investigating unusual betting patterns around Limerick FC’s recent FAI Cup game away to Sligo Rovers.
Limerick were leading 2-0 before the Premier Division side fought back to win 6-2 on a night where Limerick finished with eight players.
The FAI have confirmed that the investigation into the FAI Cup game is along the same lines as the current investigation underway surrounding their league clash with Shelbourne in April.
An FAI spokesman confirmed: “We have acted on the back of the UEFA report into two Limerick games, against Shelbourne in April and Sligo Rovers last month, and our investigations are ongoing.
“We are committed to a zero-tolerance policy on match-fixing in conjunction with UEFA. The FAI, as stated earlier, is also aware of a Garda investigation into match-fixing.”
Gardai today confirmed that a search was carried out on Tuesday at a sports ground in Limerick as part of an investigation into match-fixing with The Irish Times reporting that mobiles phones belonging to the Limerick FC players were seized as part of the ongoing investigation.
General secretary of the PFAI Stephen McGuinness confirmed that Gardai had indeed confiscated the phones.
“The players who were at training last night all had their phones taken off them”.
“Obviously, I haven’t spoken to any of the players who were at training, because they don’t have their phones,” he added.
“But I did speak to one of the players who wasn’t at training, and he confirmed that the phones were taken.”