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Former Hornchurch duo plead guilty to Australian match-fixing

Joe Woolley (L) and Reiss Noel both left Hornchurch in July to move to Australia. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO Joe Woolley (L) and Reiss Noel both left Hornchurch in July to move to Australia. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Friday, December 6, 2013
4:06 PM

Two former Hornchurch players have pleaded guilty to match-fixing in Australia.

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Goalkeeper Joe Woolley and defender Reiss Noel, who left the Urchins at the end of last season, admitted to helping fix games for a global betting syndicate at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

The duo, who played for Southern Stars in Australia, have been fined £650 and £1,100 respectively.

The allegations relate to four games where the Stars, who play in the country’s second tier, conceded 13 goals without scoring.

Malaysian ringleader Segaran Gsubramaniam, 45, also pleaded guilty and will be sentenced next year.

Woolley and Noel have agreed to help prosecutors with the case, which has still to try former Stars team mates David Obaze and Nicholas McKoy, and team manager Zia Younan.

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