FA to probe Ciaron Brown’s phone, texts and social media amid suspicion betting investigation in Oxford clash vs Arsenal
THE FA will look into Oxford defender Ciaron Brown’s phone and social media activity as part of their probe into possible spot-fixing, according to reports.
An investigation was launched by the football governing body amid suspicious betting activity on the FA Cup third-round tie with Arsenal.
It was reported the FA were made aware with evidence presented to them after full-time.
And that evidence is said to include WhatsApp messages claiming Brown would definitely be booked during the match.
The Northern Irish left-back, 24, was cautioned in the 59th minute after fouling Eddie Nketiah and tussling with Fabio Vieira.
Earlier on in the match, he escaped punishment for pulling down Bukayo Saka and catching Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Now according to the Daily Mail, the FA have the power to interview all related parties and access to their devices.
It is said they want to start by examining Brown’s phone to review calls, texts and his social media.
Some supporters have claimed to the Mail they won thousands of pounds with Brown’s second-half yellow card with odds of 8-1.
And there were suggestions that even a number of Arsenal fans celebrated their winnings when he was cautioned – although there is no suggestion they were involved in any criminal activity.
However, some bookmakers have so far refused to pay out due to the alleged suspicious volume of bets on the market in the hours building up to kick off which prompted the odds to drop to 7-2.
Some experts believe the market was overpriced that a League One defender would get booked against the attack of the Premier League leaders and punters took advantage.
However, others claim the betting pattern is questionable and should be investigated fully.
Oxford said: “‘Oxford United can confirm that they have been made aware of a specific allegation of irregular betting around our Emirates FA Cup game against Arsenal on Monday evening,
“The club will co-operate fully with any investigation and while this is ongoing, we are unable to make any further comment.”
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