December 12 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 16, 2013
Two former AFC Hornchurch players are among six players charged in association with a match-fixing investigation by Australian police.
Noel and Woolley, who play for Victoria Premier League side Southern Stars, have been charged with betting-related corruption and appeared in a Melbourne court.
Both played for Hornchurch in the Conference South before moving to Australia this summer.
“Detectives from the Purana Taskforce have charged six men following a multi-million dollar match-fixing ring,” said a statement from Victoria Police.
“Ten people were arrested on Sunday morning in a series of warrants across Melbourne. Three men faced an out-of-sessions court hearing overnight.
“Two 23-year-old Preston men faced the out-of-sessions hearing and were both charged with four counts of engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome or event or event contingency and four counts of facilitating conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome or event or event contingency
“Reiss Michael Noel and Joe Nigel Woolley have been bailed to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on September 20.”
The third man in court, 45-year-old Gerry Gsubramaniam, was charged with five counts of engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome or event or event contingency and five counts of facilitating conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome or event or event contingency.
Police said three other unnamed men had all been charged with similar offences and bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on September 20.
Another trio, also unnamed, have been released pending further enquiries.
Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop said monitoring processes put in place by the FFA had allowed his organisation to alert police to suspicious betting patterns.
“(It is) probably fair to say that this highlights the fact that lower league games, which aren’t under the scrutiny of things like a global television broadcast, are potentially more susceptible to this kind of activity,” he told reporters at a press conference.
“(But) at this stage the police have indicated to us that they are looking at an isolated issue in Victoria and we need to be guided by the police in that regard.”
In a statement on the FFA website, Football Federation Victoria (FFV) president Nick Monteleone added: “FFV is shocked by today’s turn of events as this is an unprecedented scenario for the Victorian football community.
“We commend Victoria Police for their actions and obviously will fully support their ongoing investigations.”
Southern Stars secretary Tony Kiranci said the club only learned of the allegations when contacted by the media.
“The Southern Stars FC is shocked with the alleged match-fixing in the VPL,” he said in a statement.
“The club only found out when contacted by the media. No one from the committee is involved in any way.
“We had no idea this was going on. The club is run by honest, hard-working volunteers.
“The Southern Stars FC is co-operating with authorities with their investigation.
“This is now a matter for the police and courts. Due to the ongoing investigation the Southern Stars FC will not make any further comment.”
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