FA alerted to unusual betting patterns on League Two game between Accrington and Bury


Last updated at 09:23 04 May 2008

THE FA "will look very closely" into unusual betting patterns on Saturday's League Two game between Accrington Stanley and Bury.

Officials were contacted when a weight of money saw Bury's price tumble.

The visitors had been available at 2/1 on Friday morning but by kick-off the best price available was 5/6 - and the Shakers went on to win 2-0.

Exchange firm Betfair saw over £281,000 worth of bets matched on the game.

In contrast, just £20,000 was matched in the League Two game between Rochdale and Shrewsbury.

Mark Irvine, managing director of JAXX, the official on-line bookmakers for West Ham and Newcastle, said: "We saw a weight of money for Bury and from an opening price of 2/1, we had to cut their price throughout Friday to 10/11. The amount of money was unprecedented and unusual. We took the decision to suspend betting on the game on Friday evening."

He added: "For what amounts to a nothing end-of-season game, there was an unusual interest in it. Fortunately, we have not been hit as hard as some."

Coral and William Hill also closed their books on the game after seeing a weight of money for Bury.

FA director of communications Adrian Bevington said: "This was a very unusual

betting pattern - if the allegations are true. We were made aware of the

situation on Friday.

"We will look very closely at the information Betfair and other bookmakers

provide and take any subsequent action with the football league and the two

clubs concerned."

Accrington Stanley chief executive Rob Heys vowed the club will "investigate it fully".

"The club was aware that betting was suspended on Friday on the Accrington v

Bury game," he said.

"At this moment in time we have no evidence to suggest any wrongdoing.

"We are going to investigate it fully and any wrongdoing will be severely

dealt with.

"Nobody has confirmed to the club anything that has happened but we would

welcome any further information."

Stanley manager John Coleman said: "There's no proof, we could see out there

that we wanted to win the game."

Football League spokesman John Nagle said: "An issue has been

raised with us regarding a match through existing monitoring arrangements."

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