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Former Premier League striker questioned over match fixing

Former Premier League footballer DJ Campbell is the first major name to be arrested and questioned over alleged match fixing by gambling syndicates, reports the BBC.

Police arrested six men, including Mr Campbell, on Sunday, as part of ongoing investigations into the illegal activities of betting syndicates in the UK.

The allegations have been further fuelled after a former Portsmouth player, Sam Sodje, was caught telling a reporter that he could arrange for a player to receive a red card in return for money.Former Premier League footballer DJ Campbell is the first major name to be arrested and questioned over alleged match fixing by gambling syndicates, reports the BBC.

Police arrested six men, including Mr Campbell, on Sunday, as part of ongoing investigations into the illegal activities of betting syndicates in the UK.

The allegations have been further fuelled after a former Portsmouth player, Sam Sodje, was caught telling a reporter that he could arrange for a player to receive a red card in return for money.

The matter is being investigated by the UK National Crime Agency (NCA), who announced later on Sunday that five of the six men had been bailed.

Mr Campbell's club, Blackburn Rovers, later confirmed the arrest in a statement.

"Following reports in today's national media, Blackburn Rovers can confirm that striker DJ Campbell has been arrested," the statement read.

"The club will be making no further comment on what is now an ongoing legal matter," it concluded.

The allegations over the conduct of Mr Sodje came after the Sun on Sunday filmed him admitting that he had punched an opponent in a League One football match in order to ensure a red card. He claimed to have earned £70,000 from the action.

Sodje was sent off for punching an opponent whilst playing for Portsmouth in League One against Oldham Athletic earlier this year.

The Sun on Sunday further alleges that another player had apologised to Mr Sodje after failing to receive a yellow card in the first half of a match as had been agreed with the player, and that a relative of Mr Sodje who plays his football for Tranmere Rovers had offered to get a yellow card in return for a cash payment.

The National Crime Agency said it was now involved in an investigation into allegations of match fixing alongside the Football Association and the Gambling Commission.