Match fixing inquiry to take ‘several weeks’

The outcome of separate investigations into claims of alleged match fixing by a Longford Town footballer may not be known for several weeks, sources have confirmed.

The outcome of separate investigations into claims of alleged match fixing by a Longford Town footballer may not be known for several weeks, sources have confirmed.

Both the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and the midlands club opted against publicly commenting any further on the claims this week as both inquiries get underway.

It follows details released by Longford Town last Tuesday evening that one of its players had been suspended on suspicion of alleged match-fixing.

Club officials claim the mood inside the camp had not been affected as thoughts turn to Friday night’s trip to Ferrycarrig Park and a meeting with Wexford Youths.

“It’s (atmosphere) pretty good,” said vice chairman Michael Connellan. “Wexford away will be a very tough fixture, of that there can be no doubt.”

On the topic that one of its player’s engaged in allleged match-fixing, Mr Connellan said the club would not be discussing the matter any further.

“Nothing more can and won’t be said at this stage because the investigation is ongoing. Until that has come to a conclusion, we (club) just can’t comment,” he added.

In a statement released last week, FAI chiefs were eager to stress recent measures taken were not an indication of the suspended player’s guilt.

A spokesman said no definitive timeline had been given as to how long the FAI’s own investigation would take when contacted by the Leader on Monday.