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irishone
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last year at rosscommon
and no fecker has a word to say about it
we are talking 200k at 6/1 and 8/1
go on give a guess !
one more clue .... a chinaman, two latvians and a portugese
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Report Catch Me ifyoucan May 6, 2017 12:11 PM BST
And no sign of the East Cork mafia.
Report RoyalAcademy May 6, 2017 5:03 PM BST
You clearly have plenty to say about it irishone: why rely on others if you have something of interest to tell us? I simply cannot understand why you report it and then treat it as a Fatima secret. Whatever chance the forum has its not as a crossword.
Report GANT007 May 6, 2017 8:12 PM BST
The forum mafia are watching........posts will be removed.
Report observerirl May 7, 2017 1:05 AM BST
you forgot about Jimmy the Greek and his 200k drachma
Report GLASGOWCALLING May 7, 2017 8:15 PM BST
???   why wait a year to un inform us. ??    date and time please.  Happy
Report irishone June 6, 2017 2:48 PM BST
Since then, the FAI have decided to expand the investigation after getting information about two other games involving the club this season.

The Lissywollen club’s board and management committee yesterday issued a statement insisting they would like further investigations by law enforcement authorities, as well as football bodies.

It read: “Athlone Town wants relevant police forces to investigate these serious allegations.

“We want An Garda Síochána, Europol, Interpol and Uefa itself to immediately open parallel investigations to the one being currently conducted by the FAI.”

The FAI declared in a statement last Wednesday that they had been monitoring Athlone since receiving information from Uefa “prior to the start of the season”.

But the Midlanders have stressed that the Association was aware of the club’s new investment.

They stated: “The FAI has received all documents pertaining to the investor agreement. That arrangement was discussed at a number of meetings with, and ratified by, the FAI.”

That investment led to the club appointing French man Marc Fourmeaux as Director of Football and they also brought in a host of overseas players.

Among those were Latvian Igors Labuts, who was previously involved in 17 games that Uefa examined with regard to irregular betting patterns.

The keeper denies any wrongdoing.
Report irishone June 6, 2017 2:49 PM BST
Since then, the FAI have decided to expand the investigation after getting information about two other games involving the club this season.

The Lissywollen club’s board and management committee yesterday issued a statement insisting they would like further investigations by law enforcement authorities, as well as football bodies.

It read: “Athlone Town wants relevant police forces to investigate these serious allegations.

“We want An Garda Síochána, Europol, Interpol and Uefa itself to immediately open parallel investigations to the one being currently conducted by the FAI.”

The FAI declared in a statement last Wednesday that they had been monitoring Athlone since receiving information from Uefa “prior to the start of the season”.

But the Midlanders have stressed that the Association was aware of the club’s new investment.

They stated: “The FAI has received all documents pertaining to the investor agreement. That arrangement was discussed at a number of meetings with, and ratified by, the FAI.”

That investment led to the club appointing French man Marc Fourmeaux as Director of Football and they also brought in a host of overseas players.

Among those were Latvian Igors Labuts, who was previously involved in 17 games that Uefa examined with regard to irregular betting patterns.

The keeper denies any wrongdoing.
Report Eddie Batt June 6, 2017 6:34 PM BST
Personally I think the F.A.I. should be charged with wasting Garda time.
Report irishone June 11, 2017 8:01 PM BST
A senior official at the International Centre for Sport Security – the not-for-profit organisation based in Qatar which has been tackling corruption in football – has criticised the Football Association of Ireland over the Athlone Town betting scandal.

The centre has been tracking the movements of the Chinese agent Eric Mao, who has been involved with a number of clubs where match-fixing allegations have been made and is linked to the international investment in Athlone back in February, which was approved after unnamed individuals had a meeting with the FAI. The FAI has declined to reveal the identity of the investors.

Javier Mena, the ICSS’s senior manager of sports intelligence, said: “That is totally unacceptable. It invites the question: ‘What reasons do you have not to tell me who the investors are?’ I would go a bit further. Why does the league not have regulations to make that compulsory, to be fully transparent about who owns the club or who are the main shareholders? Even if Mao is not behind the acquisition of Athlone, that opaqueness is one of the main obstacles to having a clean footballing environment.”

A strong link has already been established between Athlone Town and the Portuguese club Atletico CP, which was investigated for alleged match fixing in 2014. Mao, who owns Atletico, first came to the attention of the ISCC when they were investigating the businessman Wilson Raj Perumal, who has been jailed twice for match fixing in his native Singapore and in Finland in 2011. Mao, an agent from Beijing, also established links with a Chinese team, Dalian Shide, which collapsed in 2012. Later, Mao told Portuguese media that he helped Dalian Shide’s manager, Nelo Vingada, get paid after the collapse. With Vingada’s assistance, Mao then bought a controlling stake in Atletico in 2013.

A few months later, the Portuguese newspaper Expresso, quoted a UEFA report which warned that “in 2013, a Chinese company with potential connections to combined games bought a majority share of Atletico CP”.

In 2014, Atletico was investigated by Portuguese police and Interpol over “gambling and other corrupt behaviour,” but no charges were made.

The former Atletico CP manager, Ricardo Monsanto, was appointed manager of Athlone after the new investors came in four months ago. He has now left Athlone. Several new players also came from Atletico. The goalkeeper, Igor Labuts, who has played in 20 games around Europe which were identified by UEFA for suspicious betting patterns, is also a former Atletico player. He denies being involved in match-fixing and had previously told a Latvian newspaper, “I know I am clean but it is unpleasant and my reputation has been damaged.”

The Irish Daily Mail reported that José Manuel Francisco, a director of football at Atletico CP was the sole employee of Pre Season, the firm providing investment in Athlone for a period of five years. Francisco is also one of the directors of the company Callaview Ltd along with theAthlone director of first team operations, Marc Fourmeaux, which was set up to “aid the management of the club’s first team affairs”. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by any of the individuals referred to.

The FAI is carrying out an investigation into three Athlone games this season, having been notified of betting irregularities by UEFA in the game between Athlone and Longford last month. Back in March, the FAI’s Director of Competitions, Fran Gavin, said:“We’ve never experienced that type of investment in a club where they’re bringing players in from all over Europe. You wonder about their motivation, so that’s something we’ve to look at very carefully.”

Asked to comment on those remarks, Mena said: “What can I say? I find it difficult to believe that anybody, especially in the league, had not heard about Eric Mao before and the suspicions about him and what he has been doing in Portuguese football. I don’t see much proactive work on behalf of leagues to stop this particular thing happening.”

Mena, who has also worked for Fifa and Interpol investigating match fixing, said match fixers had a “simple approach” to gaining control of clubs. “It involves the acquisition of clubs … most of them in minor leagues, so that they can achieve control with a relatively small investment, involving hundreds of thousands of euros. They immediately start interfering in the selection process regarding the players, bringing new players in. Many of these players come from football leagues or teams where strong red flags have been raised regarding suspected match fixing.

“If we are chasing individual match-fixing syndicates it is always the same story. They are thriving in an environment that doesn’t make it more difficult for them to infiltrate clubs.”

The ISCC was set up in 2010 by a Qatari philanthropist, Mohammed Hanzeb. Among those sitting on its advisory board are the former Liverpool chief executive, Rick Parry, and former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Lord John Stevens.

The FAI has refused to comment on the identity of the Athlone investors, but said that there would be transparency about “all the interactions” once the investigation was finished.
Report irishone June 11, 2017 8:03 PM BST
A senior official at the International Centre for Sport Security – the not-for-profit organisation based in Qatar which has been tackling corruption in football – has criticised the Football Association of Ireland over the Athlone Town betting scandal.

The centre has been tracking the movements of the Chinese agent Eric Mao, who has been involved with a number of clubs where match-fixing allegations have been made and is linked to the international investment in Athlone back in February, which was approved after unnamed individuals had a meeting with the FAI. The FAI has declined to reveal the identity of the investors.

Javier Mena, the ICSS’s senior manager of sports intelligence, said: “That is totally unacceptable. It invites the question: ‘What reasons do you have not to tell me who the investors are?’ I would go a bit further. Why does the league not have regulations to make that compulsory, to be fully transparent about who owns the club or who are the main shareholders? Even if Mao is not behind the acquisition of Athlone, that opaqueness is one of the main obstacles to having a clean footballing environment.”

A strong link has already been established between Athlone Town and the Portuguese club Atletico CP, which was investigated for alleged match fixing in 2014. Mao, who owns Atletico, first came to the attention of the ISCC when they were investigating the businessman Wilson Raj Perumal, who has been jailed twice for match fixing in his native Singapore and in Finland in 2011. Mao, an agent from Beijing, also established links with a Chinese team, Dalian Shide, which collapsed in 2012. Later, Mao told Portuguese media that he helped Dalian Shide’s manager, Nelo Vingada, get paid after the collapse. With Vingada’s assistance, Mao then bought a controlling stake in Atletico in 2013.

A few months later, the Portuguese newspaper Expresso, quoted a UEFA report which warned that “in 2013, a Chinese company with potential connections to combined games bought a majority share of Atletico CP”.
Report irishone June 11, 2017 8:04 PM BST
A senior official at the International Centre for Sport Security – the not-for-profit organisation based in Qatar which has been tackling corruption in football – has criticised the Football Association of Ireland over the Athlone Town betting scandal.

The centre has been tracking the movements of the Chinese agent Eric Mao, who has been involved with a number of clubs where match-fixing allegations have been made and is linked to the international investment in Athlone back in February, which was approved after unnamed individuals had a meeting with the FAI. The FAI has declined to reveal the identity of the investors.

Javier Mena, the ICSS’s senior manager of sports intelligence, said: “That is totally unacceptable. It invites the question: ‘What reasons do you have not to tell me who the investors are?’ I would go a bit further. Why does the league not have regulations to make that compulsory, to be fully transparent about who owns the club or who are the main shareholders? Even if Mao is not behind the acquisition of Athlone, that opaqueness is one of the main obstacles to having a clean footballing environment.”

A strong link has already been established between Athlone Town and the Portuguese club Atletico CP, which was investigated for alleged match fixing in 2014. Mao, who owns Atletico, first came to the attention of the ISCC when they were investigating the businessman Wilson Raj Perumal, who has been jailed twice for match fixing in his native Singapore and in Finland in 2011. Mao, an agent from Beijing, also established links with a Chinese team, Dalian Shide, which collapsed in 2012. Later, Mao told Portuguese media that he helped Dalian Shide’s manager, Nelo Vingada, get paid after the collapse. With Vingada’s assistance, Mao then bought a controlling stake in Atletico in 2013.

A few months later, the Portuguese newspaper Expresso, quoted a UEFA report which warned that “in 2013, a Chinese company with potential connections to combined games bought a majority share of Atletico CP”.
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