PNE players cleared of spot fixing allegations

Five current and one former Preston North End player have been cleared of spot fixing allegations which they were hit with in April.

In April of this year just when it was getting to the business end of the season for promotion chasing Preston North End news broke out that six of their players had been arrested with regards to suspected spot-fixing.

The players pleaded their innocence at the time and were backed by the club. At the time Preston North End said it was business as usual and they were disappointed that the names had been leaked to the press.

Club captain John Welsh, Ben Davies, Bailey Wright, Keith Keane, David Buchanan and Graham Cummins who has since been released by PNE have all now been released from bail. It is a weight off their shoulders heading into the new season, but only they know how much it affected them towards the end of the last campaign.

The 2013-2014 season ended in disappointment for The Lilywhites as they yet again came up short in the play-offs. The League One title is the aim for this season and the aforementioned players will be delighted to see their names cleared. At the time the media jumped on the backs of the players and the situation spiralled through the tabloids and it was a tough time for all involved.

On Friday Preston North End released the following statement:

In April of this year a number of our players were very publicly arrested in connection with a wider investigation into ‘spot fixing’ in football.

At the time, they were bailed with a date for answering bail subsequently set for Wednesday 30th July 2014.

We have today been informed that all of our players have been released from bail and are no longer under any form of formal arrest procedure.

There will be no further comment on this matter.

Seven other men who were also arrested at the same time have also been released although enquires into spot fixing continue.

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