European report embroils Harriers in match fixing scandal

KIDDERMINSTER Harriers have been implicated in a match fixing scandal by an international report.

The Aggborough outfit's home defeat to Alfreton Town on Saturday, December 14 2013 is one of 13 English matches included in a wide ranging investigation by Federbet, a conglomeration of European casino and gambling agencies.

Harriers lost 3-1 to their Derbyshire rivals, with Callum Gittings' opening strike cancelled out by Michael Wylde's brace and John Akinde's effort.

Amari Morgan-Smith was also dismissed for two yellow cards.

A spokesman from Federbet revealed the clash was included in the report, which has been handed to the European Parliament, because of the unusually large amounts of cash bet on the game.

However, Harriers have stressed that there has been no investigation by the FA's own betting and integrity department into the match.

A spokesman for the club said: "We aren't aware of any report into the game, we've certainly had no contact from the FA about anything suspicious."

The game was one of ten Football Conference matches included in the investigation, including Telford's 3-1 win over Stalybridge and Forest Green's 3-2 triumph over Cambridge.

A statement from the Football Conference said: "We work closely with the Football Association on all matters concerning integrity within our sport.

"This relationship with the Football Association includes liaison around any suspicious betting activity or patterns.

"Furthermore, as part of the robust monitoring system employed in England, such liaison is conducted in conjunction with the Gambling Commission, leading betting companies and other agencies appointed by the Football Association.

"At this time there is no evidence that any of the fixtures specifically listed by Federbet, relating to our competition, have been the subject of report or investigation. Therefore we are at a loss to understand what evidence may exist for Federbet to make such claims?

"Federbet has not consulted with the Football Conference about making such alleged information public."

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