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UPDATED: Former Pool player bailed in fixing probe

DJ Campbell celebrates scoring for Blackpool

DJ Campbell celebrates scoring for Blackpool

Former Blackpool striker DJ Campbell has been bailed after being arrested as part of a football spot fixing investigation.

The 32-year-old was one of six people detained in an investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA) after it acted on information passed to it by the Sun on Sunday newspaper.

Five people, including Campbell, have now been bailed until April, and a sixth is still being questioned, the NCA said.

In a statement, Blackburn Rovers, Campbell’s current club, said: “Following reports in today’s national media, Blackburn Rovers can confirm that striker DJ Campbell has been arrested.”

According to the Sun on Sunday, an undercover investigator met former Portsmouth player Sam Sodje, who allegedly said he could arrange for footballers in the Championship to get themselves a yellow card in return for tens of thousands of pounds.

The 34-year-old claimed he could rig Premier League games and even said he was preparing to fix matches at next year’s World Cup in Brazil, the newspaper reported.

It also alleged that Oldham player Cristian Montano failed to get a yellow card in return for money in a match against Wolves on October 22 and offered to take part in another rigging incident.

The Sun reported that Campbell was arrested on Sunday - a day after he came on as a substitute against QPR in his team’s Championship game.

The newspaper claimed that detectives were likely to review a yellow card he received for a tackle committed in the first half of Blackburn’s league game against Ipswich last Tuesday.

London-born Campbell began his league career at Brentford and went on to play in the Premier League for Birmingham, Blackpool and QPR.

He signed for Blackburn in July after previously joining the club on loan from QPR last February.

An NCA spokesman said: “The NCA can confirm that the Sun on Sunday has passed material from its own investigation to the National Crime Agency.

“An active NCA investigation is now under way and we are working closely with the Football Association and the Gambling Commission.

“Five people were arrested on Sunday morning, and bailed that evening until April 2014. A sixth individual was arrested on Sunday evening and is being questioned by NCA officers. No further detail is available at this stage.”

 
 
 

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