However, after the
wagers, a potentially matchchanging event did take place.
One spread-betting bookie said: “If you were talking about a
first-round match in a snooker or tennis tournament, that kind of
unexpected betting would be enough for us to shut up shop.” Another
betting expert revealed he had “not seen anything like this in 10
years of working in the industry”.
Traders at British spread-betting company Spreadex raised the alarm
after observing “a massive movement at around half-time”.
British spread-betting traders have learned to closely follow
gambling patterns in Asia.
A spokesman said: “We are committed to thoroughly
investigating any evidence of this nature that is brought to our
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The probe, which could involve five football clubs, was triggered
by suspicious gambling on a Championship match this season.
The two Philippines-based bookmakers on which the suspicious
betting patterns were observed both declined to comment.
One of the clubs in the match under suspicion has had three people
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In a first round snooker or tennis match that kind of unexpected
betting would be enough for us to shut up shop
The FA said it was taking the allegations seriously.
Floods of wagers were placed in the Philippines that would usually
occur after a significant event, such as a red card. If a large market move is about to develop,
the first signs will be in Asia, where most of the big gambling
syndicates are based.
UP to 30 players could be quizzed by the FA over football
match-fixing claims, it emerged last night.
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