Blackburn Rovers striker arrested in match fixing probe

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According to today's Sun, Former Leicester City, Derby County, Birmingham City and Blackpool striker DJ Campbell was yesterday among six people arrested by police in a match-fixing investigation.

The 32-year-old was held by officers from the National Crime Agency after a number of early morning raids were made, it has been reported.

The Blackburn Rovers' striker was booked on Tuesday, in the 23rd minute of the game against Ipswich Town after an overzealous challenge on Aaron Cresswell

The footage from that challenge is set to be be analysed by the police, who are probing the evidence for any potential wrong-doing - which is yet unproven, so far just allegations.

He is undoubtedly, the most high-profile figure linked to this four-month investigation and as the match-fixing investigation now poses a very real and direct threat to the Football League. Former team-mate Sam Sodje was also arrested yesterday. 

League Managers' Association chief executive Richard Bevan revealed that club managers have been voicing their concerns over match-fixing for months:

''I'd say there have been occasions where we have debated such issues. But it wouldn't be appropriate to go through them in public.

''What is important is that the FA, Premier League and Football League continue to make sure our game is continuing to move forward... There needs to be strong leadership at the top'' 

The PFA Also released a statement on the matter, stating: 

''The PFA is aware of the reports in today's media regarding allegations of match-fixing and other related activity.

''These allegations, if proven, unfortunately demonstrate the real issue football faces in terms of corruption and highlights the necessity of the work carried out by the PFA and other stakeholders in the game in educating players of these risks.

''We take the issue of integrity very seriously and will continue in our efforts to eradicate this evil from our game'' 

Non-league players Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakum were last week charged with conspiracy to defraud along with Chann Sankarann and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, who were earlier charged under the same offence. 

Former Premier League star Delroy Facey has also been arrested. 

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