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FA makes match-fix probe promise

FA chairman Lord Triesman
Triesman described the allegations as "serious"

Lord Triesman has promised the Football Association will thoroughly investigate match-fixing allegations relating to a Championship match in October.

The allegations relate to unusual online betting patterns in Asia during the course of the 4 October game between Norwich City and Derby County.

"We will do it very thoroughly," vowed FA chairman Lord Triesman.

"We'll do it as expeditiously as we can. It is a serious allegation and it's going to be taken seriously."

Both clubs deny any wrongdoing

Despite Triesman's promise the FA was criticised by Norman Lamb, MP for North Norfolk, who claimed it had not yet contacted either club about the allegations.

"I find that extraordinary given that we were told on Sunday that the game was being investigated," said Lamb.

Norwich chief executive Neil Doncaster confirmed the club had yet to be contacted by the FA, but said he was disappointed with the way in which the matter was raised in Parliament by Lamb and Ian Gibson, Norwich North MP,.

"It's certainly slightly disappointing that the MPs concerned have talked to the media before picking up the phone and talking to us," Doncaster told the Norwich website.

"I would have thought that to try and find out the facts, the best port of call would be to talk to the club itself."

Derby won the game at Carrow Road 2-1 and their manager Paul Jewell is confident the probe will find nothing untoward about the match.

Jewell told BBC East Midlands Today: "It's something that as far as I'm concerned is nonsense. I'm bemused.

"If it wasn't so serious it would be laughable.

"I don't know where the story has come from and if it needs investigating the FA will investigate it but it's certainly nothing for us to hide or Norwich to hide."

Jewell laughs off match-fixing allegations

A spokesman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport added: "Ministers take the integrity of sport and gambling very seriously, which is why the Government recently introduced a new offence of cheating at gambling which carries a maximum two-year jail sentence.

"We want there to be no hiding place for cheats and it is right the FA investigate these serious allegations thoroughly.

Should evidence that the law has been broken emerge it is for the relevant authorities such as the Gambling Commission or the police to conduct that investigation."


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