Illegal betting claims unsubstantiated, says Wexford chief

Wexford GAA chiefs insist they have seen no evidence to back up claims of ‘match-fixing’ in recent county senior championship games.

However Wexford County Board chairman Diarmuid Devereux last night vowed that any formal complaint “will be vigorously investigated” but added that, as things stand, the allegations remain entirely unsubstantiated.

Devereux said he was aware of rumours surrounding players betting against their own football and hurling teams in two group championship games which they subsequently lost.

However the chairman said investigations cannot begin without evidence to him or to the board.

Devereux said: “If I receive any formal complaint from any club or individual in relation to this, the complaint will be vigorously investigated, and we will then take it from there.

“What has been alleged in this instance is a very serious thing which, if it is actually happening, seriously undermines the integrity of our competitions.

“But we cannot take the matter any further until such time as any individual or club comes to me with a complaint.”

He added: “I am sure that people gamble on matches all the time, and on themselves to win. However I have never heard of people backing themselves to lose a match, as is the case in these allegations.”

Croke Park officials last night admitted they have not been contacted in relation to the matter.

“Anecdotally this is not a problem that is widespread in GAA,” a GAA spokesperson said last night.

“If a situation at club or county level is brought to our attention, then we would look into it.

“It is something we have discussed with the GPA and they are in the process of issuing guidelines to their members as part of a wider education process.”


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