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Boston United fixture named in match fixing allegations... but Football Conference state there is ‘no evidence’ at present

Action from Brackley Town against Boston United at St James Park. Pictured Ben Mills fires in the third goal for the Saints

Action from Brackley Town against Boston United at St James Park. Pictured Ben Mills fires in the third goal for the Saints

A Boston United match has been named as one of 13 football contests in the UK which could have involved match fixing last season, a report claims.

However, the Football Conference - in whose structure the Pilgrims play - say there is currently ‘no evidence’ put forward to incriminate any of their teams.

Belgium-based Federbet produce an annual report, highlighting contests around the globe which - they claim - have irregular betting patterns.

And they named United’s 3-2 defeat at Brackley Town as one of the contests which they believed had irregular wagers placed.

No further details about bets placed on this match have been made public.

The report included 10 matches from the Football Conference divisions, as well as two from the League of Wales and a contest from the Women’s Premier League.

However, a statement from the Football Conference states that at present there is ‘no evidence’ that match fixing has taken place.

“The Football Conference works closely with the Football Association on all matters concerning integrity within our sport,” the statement read.

“This relationship with the Football Association includes liaison around any suspicious betting activity or patterns. “Furthermore, as part of the robust monitoring system employed in England, such liaison is conducted in conjunction with the Gambling Commission, leading betting companies and other agencies appointed by the Football Association.

“At this time there is no evidence that any of the fixtures specifically listed by Federbet, relating to our competition, have been the subject of report or investigation.

“Therefore we are at a loss to understand what evidence may exist for Federbet to make such claims?

“Federbet has not consulted with the Football Conference about making such alleged information public.”

The Standard have contacted Federbet, asking them to elaborate on their claims, but at present we have not heard back.

United’s Skrill North defeat at Brackley was played on November 2.

Boston United are yet to comment on the matter.

 

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