The FAI have brought charges against members of Athlone Town following theirinvestigation into the club – on the back of a UEFA report about gambling
patterns. They had been probing three fixtures involving Athlone this
season and the charges relate to three rule breaches surrounding gambling,
manipulating matches and bringing the game into disrepute. Players, coaches
and club officials had been interviewed in May around large bets being taken
on their games on Asian markets. Those charged will have a hearing with an
independent disciplinary committee on August 3rd. Athlone Town have released
a statement where they say they are disappointed with the FAI’S
descision.The club would like to remind the public and the media that
everyone atAthlone Town AFC denies being involved in match fixing/match
manipulation and At this point in time no finding of wrongdoing has been
made against any coach, player or official at the club.
The FAI Statement on Athlone Town AFC it reads as follows:
The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that charges have been brought against members of Athlone Town AFC as part of the investigation launched following the receipt of a detailed report from UEFA.
The charges have been brought under the FAI Rules:
– Rule 99: Bringing the Game into Disrepute
– Rule 105: Manipulating Matches
– Rule 106: Betting / Gambling
A hearing with the Independent Disciplinary Committee will take place on August 3.
Athlone Town then followed by releasing this statement:
The board and the management committee of Athlone AFC are disappointed with the Fai’s decision to bring charges against members of the club as part of the investigation launched following the receipt of a report from UEFA.
It is important to note that no finding has been made against the club itself, which Athlone Town AFC welcomes.
In recent hours the club has received documentation from the Fai detailing the charges it has brought against certain individuals.
Athlone Town AFC’s board is currently in the process of assessing that material.
The club now awaits the production of all the evidence related to the allegations the individuals have been charged with from the FAI in advance of the disciplinary hearings scheduled to be heard by an Independent panel in early August.
The club would like to remind the public and the media that everyone atAthlone Town AFC denies being involved in match fixing/match manipulation.
At this point in time no finding of wrongdoing has been made against any coach, player or official at the club.