Ex-Premier League player among 7 Brit footballers arrested over spot-fixing allegations

London, Apr 4: Seven players from the Football League clubs in north-west England have reportedly been arrested for allegedly spot fixing in matches.

Spot-fixing is when a player corruptly influences a specific element of a match, for example by intentionally getting a yellow card or conceding a corner, without trying to fix the final score.

According to the BBC, the footballers, all aged between 18 and 30, are being currently interviewed by police, along with six other men originally arrested in December on suspicion of involvement in spot-fixing, over allegations of bribery and money laundering.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said that the six original suspects, including former Premier League player DJ Campbell, had been bailed to return on 8 April after their arrests last year, although they were re-arrested following new evidence.

The report also said that Blackburn Rovers striker DJ Campbell, former Oldham Athletic winger Cristian Montano and four others who have not been named were arrested after allegations were made in a British tabloid, which also made allegations against former Portsmouth player Sam Sodje.

Preston North End football club confirmed it had been contacted by the NCA as part of the spot-fixing investigation. (ANI)