Athlone Town Calls For Further Investigations

Written 7 months ago by Will O'Callaghan


The FAI will speak to Athlone Town’s players, management and officials today as part of their investigation into alleged match-fixing at the Midlands club.

Last night Athlone released a statement calling for parallel investigations by an Garda Síochána, Europol, Interpol and UEFA.

Town say if the allegations are proven then the FAI and football have also been ‘duped’ and insist the FAI ratified their investor agreements.

“We want An Garda Síochána, Europol, Interpol and UEFA itself to immediately open parallel investigations to the one being currently conducted by the Football Association of Ireland.

It is our strong opinion that no stone should be left unturned in relation to these very damaging claims.

The club fully accepts and believes in the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’.

However, Athlone Town AFC will not be found wanting in regards to the sanctions it will impose if anyone associated with the club is found to have engaged in match fixing.

If any of the allegations are upheld it is not just the club and its supporters, but also the FAI and football itself that will have been duped.

We have already stated publically, and can only repeat, that everyone involved in the club who has been asked to participate will cooperate with the FAI during the course of its investigation.

The club will work side by side with the FAI to ensure that the full truth and all the surrounding facts concerning these allegations of match fixing, which is a blight on the game, emerge.

It has always been our intention to work with the FAI in relation to our affairs.

Indeed the FAI has received all documents pertaining to the investor agreement. That arrangement was discussed at a number of meetings with, and ratified by, the FAI.”

The FAI’s Chief Executive John Delaney has been outlining the process

Keeper Igors Labuts, who has previously been in 17 games investigated by UEFA, has told the Sunday World newspaper that he’s never been offered a bribe to throw a match.

“I know I’m not a top class keeper. I’m trying to play and do my best. Maybe before I think I can play top level but now I understand I’m not a top class keeper.

“If I’m a top-class keeper I’m playing for Real Madrid.”

On Friday evening the FAI announced that they’ve widened their investigation to three games, which is now thought to include fixtures against Shelbourne and UCD last month.

On the field, Chris Rodrigues scored twice as Athlone shocked Cobh 2-1 in the SSE Airtricity League’s First Division.