Two remanded in UK match-fixing probe

Friday 29 November 2013 12.31
It emerged yesterday a newspaper investigation into match-fixing uncovered claims Irish games were fixed
It emerged yesterday a newspaper investigation into match-fixing uncovered claims Irish games were fixed

Two men have been remanded in custody after appearing before a UK court charged as part of an investigation into alleged football match-fixing.

Chann Sankaran and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan were remanded in custody until 13 December.

Yesterday, the National Crime Agency said the men, who are alleged to be members of an international illegal betting syndicate based in Singapore, were among six people arrested earlier this week as part of an NCA investigation.

A seventh man has since been arrested and he and four others were bailed yesterday pending further inquiries.

The charges allege that between 1 November and 26 November "at City of Manchester and elsewhere, the two men conspired together with each other and others to defraud bookmakers by influencing the course of football matches and placing bets thereon".

Yesterday, it emerged a newspaper investigation into match-fixing uncovered claims Irish soccer games were fixed by the international betting syndicate.

ccording to the Daily Telegraph, while claiming that he could fix games almost anywhere in the world, the alleged fixer said: "I do Australia, Scotland. Ireland. Europe. World Cup. World Cup qualifier."

It is not clear whether he was referring to domestic or international matches. 

The Football Association of Ireland has said there is no indication of any Irish involvement in the match fixing investigation by the NCA. 

An FAI spokesman said the association takes the issue of match fixing very seriously and is in regular contact with Interpol, Europol and UEFA on the matter.

The FAI said nothing has been presented by the authorities in relation to the current investigation.