Longford Town FC and the Football Association of Ireland have opened separate investigations this morning (Wednesday) into alleged match fixing by one of Midlands side’s current playing staff.
The Airtricity League First Division table-toppers released a statement last night, informing supporters that one of its players had been suspended as senior club officials begin their own internal inquiry.
Following that announcement, the sport’s governing body, the FAI confirmed its own Disciplinary Control Unit had opened a further investigation. The FAI were at pains last night to stress that the player’s suspension was not an indication of guilt.
“The FAI was made aware of the allegation by Longford Town FC,” it said in a statement. “The club has suspended one player during its own separate internal investigation although this action does not imply that the suspended player is guilty of the allegation.”
Details surrounding the decision have since been forwarded on to European and World soccer organisations, UEFA and FIFA with gardai also being notified.
For their part and much like the FAI statement released late last night, Longford Town said its own investigation had commenced, but was still very much at an early stage.
“Longford Town FC wish to inform their supporters that the Club is in receipt of information with regard to a Longford Town player’s possible involvement in activities which could be construed as conspiring to influence the results of matches,” the club stated. “As a result of this information received Longford Town FC is obliged to notify the relevant authorities and conduct an internal investigation into the matter. The internal investigation has commenced. Subsequently one player has been suspended by the Club while the investigation takes place. The club are compliant with all rules in this matter and will co-operate fully with any investigations.”