Four released in League of Ireland match fixing probe

League of Ireland match fixing

An update.

Four men have been released in relation to Operation Brookweed, which has been investigating alleged match-fixing allegations in the League of Ireland.

Yesterday, 10 were arrested by An Garda Síochána in relation to the charges, with four released. One man, however, remains in Garda custody.

In a statement issued, An Garda Síochána said: “Gardaí have released without charge a further four men who were arrested yesterday, Wednesday, 18th May 2022 as part of the ‘Operation Brookweed’ day of action in relation to alleged match-fixing in the League of Ireland.

“A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“One man remains in Garda custody this morning.”

“Match fixing and corruption is a threat to all sports at all levels..”

On Wednesday morning, news of Operation Brookweed broke, following an investigation.

At the time, Gardaí arrested 10 men in relation to League of Ireland match fixing allegations. The Irish Independent reported that the arrests were made by the Garda Anti-Bribery & Corruption Unit and the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB).

Detective Superintendent Catharina Gunne, from the GNECB is quoted as saying: “Match fixing and corruption is a threat to all sports at all levels and undermines public confidence in the fairness of sport.

“It can allow organised crime to infiltrate sport in order to use it to make illicit gains or launder proceeds of crime.”

The Football Association of Ireland [FAI], have also noted the latest developments in the inquiry.

“The FAI, in conjunction with UEFA, remains committed to a zero tolerance policy on match fixing. As this is now a legal matter we will be making no further comment,” the statement read.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.