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FAI launch investigation into Bray-Waterford match-fixing allegations

Further details surrounding the case have yet to be made clear.

A general view of the Carlisle Grounds.
A general view of the Carlisle Grounds.
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION of Ireland (FAI) have tonight confirmed that an investigation has been launched, amid allegations of match fixing during a 8 September friendly between Bray Wanderers and Waterford FC at the Carlisle Grounds.

Part of a statement issued by the association this evening read: “Upon receipt of a complaint the FAI notified An Garda Siochanna and the Association has now launched an investigation into alleged breaches of FAI Rules.

“The FAI has a zero tolerance policy to match-fixing.”

Further details surrounding the case have yet to be made clear.

This latest controversy comes after a difficult season for the Seagulls, who lost the match in question 5-0.

Bray’s financial problems at one point left doubt as to whether they would be able to pay players, though it was confirmed back in July that they were “financially stable for the foreseeable future”.

It is not the first time this season that a League of Ireland club has been embroiled in a match-fixing controversy.

Last week, it was confirmed that two Athlone Town players had been handed 12-month bans for ‘manipulating matches,’ though that punishment has since been branded “outrageous” by the First Division club.

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