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16 Sep 2013 14:01:55

British pair charged in Australia

Two Britons are among six players charged in association with a match-fixing investigation by Australian police.

English pair Reiss Noel and Joe Wooley, who play for Victoria Premier League side Southern Stars, have been charged with betting-related corruption and appeared in a Melbourne court.

Both played for Hornchurch in the Isthmian League before moving to Australia this summer.

"Detectives from the Purana Taskforce have charged six men following a multi-million dollar match-fixing ring," said a statement from Victoria Police.

"Ten people were arrested on Sunday morning in a series of warrants across Melbourne. Three men faced an out-of-sessions court hearing overnight.

"Two 23-year-old Preston men faced the out-of-sessions hearing and were both charged with four counts of engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome or event or event contingency and four counts of facilitating conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome or event or event contingency

"Reiss Michael Noel and Joe Nigel Wooley have been bailed to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on September 20."

The third man in court, 45-year-old Gerry Gsubramaniam, was charged with five counts of engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome or event or event contingency and five counts of facilitating conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome or event or event contingency.

Police said three other unnamed men had all been charged with similar offences and bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on September 20.

Another trio, also unnamed, have been released pending further enquiries.


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