Probed Scotland game is on

Tonight's game between Scotland and Nigeria at Craven Cottage will go ahead despite an apparent match-fixing investigation by the National Crime Agency.

Last Updated: 28/05/14 at 07:29 Post Comment

Craven Cottage will host Wednesday's friendly between Scotland and Nigeria

Craven Cottage will host Wednesday's friendly between Scotland and Nigeria

Sky Sports understands the NCA has launched a match-fixing probe into the fixture, which is one of several international friendlies taking place on Wednesday.

"As far as the authorities are concerned, this is a very high-risk fixture, simply because it is an international friendly," Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol said.

"Friendlies of this type have been targeted by match-fixers before, especially betting syndicates based in the Far East.

"Normally, an investigation has been launched when suspicious betting patterns have been monitored.

"It looks like this game has been flagged up, or another possibility is that a player has told the authorities he has been approached by fixers."

The SFA said: "We have liaised with the relevant authorities and will prepare for the match as normal."

And FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce said: "Match-fixing is a cancer within our game that has got to be driven out.

"If these accusations are true, the people involved should be banned for life and sent to prison."

Sky sources now understand that the Gambling Commission has issued warnings to bookmakers across the country ahead of all of Wednesday night's friendly matches.

Chris Eaton, from the International Centre for Sport Security said: "This is a very welcome initiative.

"Preventative investigations like this, working before a match-fix, rather than retrospectively, are a very welcome approach by the NCA.

"I'd assume, and I'm only assuming here, they they have information, very good information, and they are acting on that.

"This announcement is designed to prevent any match-fixing.

"Football is an endemic situation in terms of match-fixing at the moment because of the massive size of the betting fraud problem in south-east Asia. We all know that.

"What it needs is good, active investigation and the NCA seem to be leading the way internationally."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: FA charges Chelsea striker Diego Costa over 'stamp' on Liverpool's Emre Can

The FA have charged Chelsea striker Diego Costa with violent conduct over his clash with Liverpool's Emre Can on Tuesday.

Transfer news: Arsenal complete the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista

Arsenal have completed the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel on a long-term deal, for an undisclosed fee.

Gabriel Paulista has joined Arsenal from Villarreal, with striker Joel Campbell

Gabriel Paulista has joined Arsenal from Villarreal, with striker Joel Campbell going to the Spanish club on loan.

Mail Box

Erm... Balotelli To QPR..?

It's an afternoon Mailbox that offers the reaction to the reaction, with a defence for Diego Costa offered, and Balotelli mooted to move to QPR. Plus a silly idea about the Mails...

'Diego Costa Is A Thug.' Sore Losers..?

There is plenty of fallout from Diego Costa's stamps of authority on Tuesday's League Cup semi-final. Plus Blatter, Rodgers' substitutions and stretching the transfer truth...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company