FAI launch investigation into Athlone Town after "irregular betting patterns"

It relates to "potential breaches of FAI rules"

BY Raf Diallo 18:36 Wednesday 3 May 2017, 18:36 3 May 2017

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The FAI have announced that they have launched an investigation into League of Ireland First Division club Athlone Town.

The investigation relates to "potential breaches of FAI rules" and the Irish soccer's governing body also added that if follows receipt of a report from UEFA regarding "irregular betting patterns" around one of the Midlands club's First Division fixtures.

They also add that an Garda Siochana have been supplied with a copy of the UEFA report.

In a statement, the FAI said: "The Football Association of Ireland has launched an investigation into Athlone Town AFC regarding potential breaches of FAI rules.

"A detailed report has been received from UEFA highlighting irregular betting patterns around the club's SSE Airtricity League First Division game with Longford Town on Saturday, April 29.

"In its report to the FAI, which was received on Tuesday, May 2, UEFA presented analysis which demonstrated the irregular betting patterns on international markets.

"The FAI has opened an investigation on the matter and a copy of UEFA's report has been submitted to An Garda Siochana.

"The FAI has written to both clubs involved in the fixture. 

"Interviews will take place with players, coaches and officials of Athlone Town AFC commencing Monday, May 8.

"If the investigation determines a breach of FAI rules, charges will be issued and the matter will be heard by the FAI Disciplinary Committee, in accordance with FAI rules.

"The FAI has been monitoring the club since it received information from UEFA following an inquiry by FAI Competitions Director, Fran Gavin, prior to the start of the 2017 season.

"The FAI remains in regular contact with UEFA and will be seeking further information.

"On March 29, Mr Gavin delivered an Integrity Workshop presentation to the Athlone Town AFC senior squad and coaches on the prevention of match-fixing and betting, in his role as FAI Integrity Officer."

The club are currently second bottom of the second tier First Division after securing three wins from 10.

Last week, first team head coach Colin Fortune parted ways with the club, shortly after manager Ricardo Monsanto had departed his role.

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