The FAI has acknowledged Cobh Ramblers' request to investigate claims of suspicious betting patterns in their recent 3-2 defeat to Limerick in the First Division and is awaiting a UEFA report on the matter.

On Saturday, pre-match favourites Ramblers battled back from 2-0 down to level the match, before losing 3-2 after conceding two penalties.

Despite being away from home, Limerick's odds of victory went from 9-4 to 4-9 pre-match, with one bookmaker leaving the visitors priced as odds-on while the game was goalless. When the game was 2-2, Limerick were trading at around even money on betting exchange Betfair.

At that stage of the contest, over €73,000 had been placed on Betfair, with over €69,000 of that on Limerick, according to Times Ireland. 

Some bookmakers suspended betting shortly before Limerick’s first goal.

The FAI released a statement in relation to the matter confirming the request from the Cobh, while adding that the associaiton is waiting to hear back from UEFA.

The statement read: "The Football Association of Ireland is awaiting a UEFA report on betting patterns surrounding the Cobh Ramblers First Division game with Limerick FC last Saturday night after receiving correspondence from the Cork club.

"The FAI is currently investigating betting patterns around Limerick’s game against Shelbourne on April 19th."

FAI Competitions Director Fran Gavin said: "We have received a UEFA report on the Shelbourne v Limerick fixture in April and are awaiting their report on the Cobh v Limerick game last Saturday.

"We have received correspondence from the Cobh Ramblers Board in relation to that match. The FAI remains committed to a zero tolerance stance on match fixing."

Ramblers manager Stephen Henderson said the club had spoken to the football authorities and today they confirmed they have formally enlisted the assistance of the FAI.

"The Board of Cobh Ramblers are aware of speculation in relation to Saturday night’s SSE Airtricity League fixture," the statement read.

"As of yesterday morning (Sunday) we have formally requested the Football Association of Ireland to investigate. The club will assist the FAI with their enquiries.

"Whilst this investigation is on-going there will be no further comment from the club."

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