Bet rigging suspect removed from Crawley Town game

Crawley Town FC , Broadfield Stadium.(Pic by Jon Rigby)
Crawley Town FC , Broadfield Stadium.(Pic by Jon Rigby)

A man was removed from a football game at the Check-a-Trade Stadium on suspicion of bet rigging on Saturday (April 5).

An Egyption national, in his twenties, from London, was thrown out of the stadium during the early stages of the League One game between Crawley Town and Crewe Alexandra.

Sgt Darren Taylor, football intelligence and liaison officer for Crawley Town, said the man was removed by a private firm, which travels to stadiums around the country to eradicate fraud.

He said: “They spotted an Egyptian national in the crowd.”

Sgt Taylor said the man was not arrested but information was taken from him, including a book which contained information on betting systems for tennis and football.

It was suspected that the man was phoning through scores to a syndicate in another country, providing them with information before the book makers had it,

Due to the overseas time delay, winning bets could be put down by syndicates in other countries thanks to the information provided by a person in the stadium.

Sgt Taylor added: “The intelligence team is a great team. They are welcome back to the club any time.”

This was the second time in two months that a spectator has been suspected of illegal gambling during a Crawley Town game.

The last time at an away game against Coventry.