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Police launch new football match-fixing probe

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Updated: Sun, 08 Dec 2013 07:15:51 EST

LONDON (AP) — Police say a second investigation into match-fixing is under way following reports that a player agreed to rig a game in the second-tier of English football in return for cash.

Britain's National Crime Agency confirmed it is examining the allegations after receiving information from The Sun On Sunday.

The newspaper said an undercover reporter met one player who claimed another agreed to deliberately earn a booking in a recent second-tier Championship match in return for a £30,000 payout.

In a statement, the NCA said "an investigation is now under way and we are working closely with the Football Association and the Gambling Commission."

Last month, police made six arrests as part of an investigation into a suspected international betting syndicate that allegedly fixed English football matches. Two men were charged this week with conspiracy to defraud contrary to common law.

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