Bray Wanderers’ season hit a new low on Wednesday night as the FAI launched an official investigation into a friendly at the Carlisle Grounds for alleged-match fixing.
The game in question was a mid-season friendly between the Seagulls and First Divison Waterford, and took place just last Friday evening.
The FAI’s statement in full read:
“The Football Association of Ireland has launched an investigation into alleged match-fixing surrounding the friendly match between Bray Wanderers FC and Waterford FC on Friday, September 8 at the Carlisle Grounds.
“Upon receipt of a complaint the FAI notified An Garda Siochanna and the Association has now launched an investigation into alleged breaches of FAI Rules.
“The FAI has a zero tolerance policy to match-fixing.”
This latest allegation comes just days after two Athlone Town players were suspended from all football activity for a year by Irish football’s governing body following their apparent role in manipulating a result against Longford Town earlier this season, a charge that both they and the PFA vehemently deny.
For Bray, meanwhile, it is the latest in a series of nightmare occurrences for club, dating back to the turmoil caused in the summer when it looked as though the squad would disband with former chairman Denis O’Connor failing to guarantee that the players would be paid.
The club have since released a statement of their own, a rather tame one given their previous standards, in response to the investigation:
“Bray Wanderers FC wish to acknowledge that they are aware of an investigation by An Garda Siochana into a recent fixture involving the Club.
“We are cooperating fully and will be making no further comment until the investigation is completed and we have been presented with the findings.”
On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish football podcast, we’re joined by Cork City captain Johnny Dunleavy to discuss the FAI Cup semi-final draw, and look ahead to this weekend’s EA Sports Cup final between Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk.