Connah's Quay Nomads FC denies match-fixing involvement


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

FOOTBALL club officials said they were “amazed” to hear allegations one of their matches last season was fixed.

A fixture between gap Connah’s Quay Nomads FC and Bala Town FC in December has been listed as one of 13 British football matches thought to have been fixed between November 2013 and April this year.

The match was highlighted as part of a report by Brussels-based Federbet, an organisation of leading European casino owners and bookmakers that monitors suspicious gambling patterns, handed to the European Parliament on Tuesday.

It identifies the Welsh Premier League fixture, which the Nomads lost 7-0 as receiving an abnormal amount of bets placed on one goal or more being scored during the match.

But club officials from the Nomads said they read the allegations with “absolute amazement”.

In response to the report, gap Connah’s Quay Nomads FC issued a statement, which read: “We read with absolute amazement the claims that a match involving gap Connah’s Quay Nomads and Bala Town was subject to a match fixing investigation.

“We deny all knowledge of any allegations and welcome any further information that justifies such a claim.”

The fixture was one of two identified in the Welsh Premier League, with the match between Port Talbot and Carmarthen Town on December 14 also said to have been fixed.

A further 10 matches in the Football Conference North and South as well as a FA Women’s Super League match were highlighted in the UK list.

gap Connah’s Quay Nomads FC manager, Mark McGregor described the report as “laughable”.

“I don’t know where this has come from. I picked a team that night to win the game and I’m a bit bemused by it all,” he said.

“We were going through a really terrible patch at that time and were missing a lot of players.

“Bala scored just before half time and the game was going nowhere really but in the second half everything they hit seemed to go in.

“It’s laughable really and I’m sure Bala are feeling the same.”

In their own statement, Bala Town FC said: “Bala Town FC are absolutely astounded that such an allegation has been made in this report.

“There has been no contact from Federbet with any official at Bala Town FC regarding this allegation.

“We as a club have a zero tolerance policy with regard to any form of betting by players or officials.

“We would welcome any information from Federbet that justifies such an allegation and would react immediately to any information that might be provided.”

Both organisations said they would contact Federbet to request any information it was able to supply and would seek clarification on how both matches were identified.

Betting pattern analysis taken out by Federbet found that money placed in bets on the fixture was well above the average for a standard Welsh Premier League (WPL) game.

Odds for a Bala Town win appeared to rapidly decrease in a short space of time as kick-off approached, a spokesman said.

Federbet confirmed to the Leader that the pattern was “very strange interest” for a match played in the WPL and that a lot of bookmakers suspended betting on the match, something usually reserved for what Federbet described as “emergency” situations.

In a joint statement, the Football Association of Wales and Welsh Premier League confirmed that they had received no communication from Federbet .

Both organisations said they would contact Federbet to request any information it was able to supply and would seek clarification on how both matches were identified.

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