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Ulises Dávila: Soccer star has victory in court after being accused of paying teammates to fix matches on behalf of South American criminal figure

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Macarthur FC A-League star Ulises Dávila (pictured) has been in charge for the first time since he was arrested on match-fixing charges last month.
  • Ulises Dávila appeared in court in Sydney for the first time after his arrest
  • Star, born in Mexico, plays for Macarthur FC in the A-League
  • One of three club players charged over the matter

Macarthur FC captain Ulises Dávila has faced a Sydney court for the first time after being arrested for his alleged role in an A-League spot-fixing scandal, with a magistrate agreeing to reduce his reporting conditions .

Dávila, 33, was among a trio of Bulls players arrested last month for alleged betting corruption linked to a South American criminal figure.

The Mexican star, along with teammates Clayton Lewis and Kearyn Baccus, were arrested following an investigation led by the New South Wales Police Organized Crime Squad into allegations they organized to manipulate yellow cards during matches. .

Police alleged that Dávila was receiving instructions from a South American man to arrange for yellow cards to be shown during games in exchange for money.

Macarthur FC A-League star Ulises Dávila (pictured) has been in charge for the first time since he was arrested on match-fixing charges last month.

Davila (pictured center outside a Sydney pitch on Monday) is accused of paying teammates up to $10,000 to ensure they received yellow cards during matches.

Davila (pictured center outside a Sydney pitch on Monday) is accused of paying teammates up to $10,000 to ensure they received yellow cards during matches.

The 33-year-old has been accused of paying Baccus, 32, and Lewis, 27, up to $10,000 to deliberately receive yellow cards.

Davila appeared at Sydney’s Downing Center Local Court on Monday and had good news when deputy chief magistrate Theo Tsavdaridis agreed to cancel his bail conditions.

He previously reported to police in Maroubra two days a week, Mondays and Fridays.

Tsavdaridis agreed to reduce his reporting conditions to one day a week.

Their matter was mentioned in court along with Mr Baccus, who was not present in court.

Davila's teammate Clayton Lewis (pictured left) has also been charged in the alleged match-fixing operation.

Davila’s teammate Clayton Lewis (pictured left) has also been charged in the alleged match-fixing operation.

Macarthur FC star Kearyn Baccus (right) appears outside a Sydney court after being charged with involvement in the alleged plot.

Macarthur FC star Kearyn Baccus (right) appears outside a Sydney court after being charged with involvement in the alleged plot.

The players were charged in May after early morning raids on homes in South Coogee, Parramatta, West Hoxton and Emu Plains.

Police allege that Davila involved his two Bulls teammates in the scheme by paying them $10,000 to earn yellow cards.

Police will allege that “several thousand dollars were paid” as a result of the bets.

Dávila and Baccus will return to court in August.

Lewis will appear in court on June 27.

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