Match-fixing scandal: six arrests made
Six people including Blackburn Rovers striker DJ Campbell have been arrested in connection with match-fixing allegations that have seen another player fall foul of investigative journalism.
December 9th, 2013
Following information passed to the National Crime Agency by The Sun on Sunday which claimed that currently clubless Sam Sodje had accepted money to illicitly alter the variables of a league game by getting himself sent off – and that he could arrange for other players to do the same in return for a payoff – police have made six arrests.
Campbell has been bailed until April along with four others, while another is still being questioned.
A shocking video has surfaced from the newspaper which shows Sodje describing to an undercover reporter how he had deliberately attempted to have himself red-carded in exchange for £70,000. Footage of his bizarre sending-off while playing for Portsmouth last February is shown while he describes the action.
Having attempted to get himself dismissed from the game against Oldham Athletic without luck, Sodje then inserted himself into a post-tackle flare-up in which he had not been involved – jabbing an opposing player twice in the crotch, before then finally receiving his marching orders.
(In the same way that these daft actions have finally received some context with Sodje’s being stung, this writer would love to know if we can expect to see a similar resolution for the insane own goal he scored during one of his eight appearances for Leeds in 2009.)
The usual channels have all reacted with the appropriate amount of shocked faces, but with rumblings of an investigation into the Conference South earlier this year, it would appear that the lucrative world of match-fixing is set to be shaken up once more.