Boston United respond to Federbet’s ‘match fixing’ allegations

David Newton.
David Newton.

Chairman David Newton has responded to claims that Boston United may have been involved in a contest which included match fixing.

A statement, released on the club’s website, read: “Our only knowledge of the incident is through the media article.

“As far as we can establish, no evidence has been supplied to the Football Conference or the Football Association.

“If any evidence is produced in the future and we are contacted by the relevant football authorities, we would of course fully co-operate with their enquiries.”

Federbet - a Belgium-based organisation made up of European casino owners and bookmakers - presented a report on match fixing to the European Parliament on Tuesday.

That document included 13 matches from across the UK which the organisation claimed had irregular betting patterns.

Among them was United’s 3-2 Skrill North defeat at Brackley Town, played on November 2 last season.

However, Federbet have not released any analysis to back up their claims.

Ten of the matches named by Federbet are played in the Football Conference.

Yesterday a statement by the Football Conference read: “The Football Conference works closely with the Football Association on all matters concerning integrity within our sport.

“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 has contacted Federbet, asking them to clarify their claims.

The organisation are yet to respond.