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Dawson named in spot-fixing scandal

By Doug O'Kane, Sports Editor Friday 4th April 2014
Stephen Dawson.

Barnsley captain Stephen Dawson has been named as one of the seven footballers arrested in connection with spot-fixing yesterday.


The 28-year-old Irishman, who joined the Reds in January 2012 and has made 78 appearances, is understood to have been interviewed by police as part of an investigation into alleged bribery and money laundering. The exact details and dates of the alleged offences have not been revealed.


The Oakwell club is expected to release a statement today.


Six players from Preston North End were also arrested yesterday while six were re-arrested.


A statement by the National Crime Agency, who made the arrests, said: "In December 2013 the NCA arrested six men in connection with an investigation into individuals suspected of Conspiracy to commit acts of Bribery and Money Laundering relating to conduct during football matches.


"Officers from the NCA have been actively pursuing a number of lines of inquiry in this ongoing investigation.


"The NCA have re-arrested the six original suspects based upon new evidence, along with a further seven footballers aged between 18 and 30 suspected of potential involvement in these offences. The seven men arrested in addition to the original six are from Football League clubs based in the North West of England. All 13 individuals are being interviewed at police stations across the country.


"The investigation began following receipt of material from the Sun on Sunday. It remains ongoing and we cannot provide further detail at this stage."