Arsenal: Granit Xhaka’s booking vs Leeds under investigation amid suspected gambling scandal
EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka’s yellow card to Leeds is under investigation by National Crime Agency amid suspicions of MAJOR scandal following suspicious gambling activity in his booking
- Granit Xhaka was shown yellow card for wasting time in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Leeds
- The FA conducted a six-month investigation into the yellow card in December
- They have referred the case to the country’s leading organized crime group
- The FA has been warned about suspicious betting patterns related to the booking
- There has been no suggestion of any wrongdoing by Arsenal or the player himself
Granit Xhaka’s mysterious booking in Arsenal’s Premier League win in Leeds last season is under investigation by the National Crime Agency amid suspicions of a major gambling scandal.
The FA conducted a six-month investigation and referred the matter to the country’s leading organized crime organization in a development that points to serious concerns about corruption and possible crime.
The FA opened their investigation after being warned of suspicious betting patterns regarding a yellow card shown to Xhaka towards the end of Arsenal’s 4-1 win at Elland Road on December 18.
There has never been any suggestion of any wrongdoing by Xhaka or any other Arsenal player.
The alarm was raised by an unusually large bet of around £52,000 placed on Xhaka during the match to be booked in the final 10 minutes, despite Arsenal winning 4-1.
The Swiss midfielder was shown a yellow card by referee Andre Marriner after 86 minutes for wasting time for delaying the taking of a free kick.
The FA conducted a six-month inquiry into Granit Xhaka’s booking against Leeds
The case over suspicious gambling patterns has been referred to the National Crime Agency in a development that points to serious concerns about corruption and possible crime
Video footage of the incident shows Xhaka standing deep in his own half over the ball for about 20 seconds with no apparent desire to take the free kick before being booked.
The suspected bet was placed on a betting exchange – a website that allows users to place bets as well as take from other users – and shortly afterwards it was reported that the bet yielded a payout of around £250,000.
Leading bookmakers reported it to the FA because of the large amount of money involved and several industry sources have told this sports post that the amount was much higher than what is usually bet on yellow cards.
Another bizarre aspect of the incident was that the odds offered on the bet that Xhaka was booked in the last 10 minutes were higher than before kick-off, also raising concerns about integrity.
The suspected bet was placed on a betting exchange that allows users to place bets, but also take them from others, with the bet yielding a payout of around £250,000
The FA has not opened an investigation into Xhaka’s behavior, but is said to have passed the information gathered to the National Crime Agency. The 29-year-old has a poor disciplinary record at Arsenal, having been booked 10 times and sent off twice last season. Xhaka has been booked or sent off in more than a quarter of his appearances for the club.
Proven cases of spot-fixing are rare in this country, although Lincoln City defender Bradley Wood was banned for six years in 2018 after he was found guilty of intentionally booking books twice during their run to the FA Cup quarter-finals last season. .
Texts revealed that Wood had hatched a plan with seven friends. Plotters could win £10,000 on two different bets, so the money wagered would have been a few thousand pounds, much less than in the Arsenal match.
The FA declined to comment.