FAI await UEFA report into 'betting patterns' in Limerick's win over Cobh Ramblers

Mon, May 20 2019

Tommy Barrett juggles the ball during Limerick's 3-2 win over Cobh on Saturday. Credit: Steve Alfred (ETPhotos)

The FAI have confirmed they are awaiting a report from UEFA into ‘betting patterns’ surrounding Saturday’s First Division game between Cobh Ramblers and Limerick.

Limerick ran out 3-2 winners at St Colman’s Park thanks to a late Darren Murphy penalty, having seen a 2-0 half-time lead clawed back.

Cobh’s board met on Sunday morning and subsequently released a statement confirming they had submitted a formal request to the FAI for an investigation.

The statement read: “As of yesterday morning we have formally requested the Football Association of Ireland to investigate. The club will assist the FAI with their enquiries.”

The association is also investigating betting patterns surrounding the Blues’ 2-0 defeat to Shelbourne at Tolka Park

"We have received a UEFA report on the Shelbourne v Limerick fixture in April and are awaiting their report on the Cobh v Limerick game last Saturday,” said FAI competitions director Fran Gavin.

"We have received correspondence from the Cobh Ramblers Board in relation to that match. The FAI remains committed to a zero tolerance stance on match fixing."

FAI statement:

The Football Association of Ireland is awaiting a UEFA report on betting patterns surrounding the Cobh Ramblers First Division game with Limerick FC last Saturday night after receiving correspondence from the Cork club.

The FAI is currently investigating betting patterns around Limerick’s game against Shelbourne on April 19th.

FAI Competitions Director Fran Gavin said: "We have received a UEFA report on the Shelbourne v Limerick fixture in April and are awaiting their report on the Cobh v Limerick game last Saturday.

"We have received correspondence from the Cobh Ramblers Board in relation to that match. The FAI remains committed to a zero tolerance stance on match fixing."

Cobh Ramblers statement:

The Board of Cobh Ramblers are aware of speculation in relation to Saturday night’s SSE Airtricity League fixture.

As of yesterday morning (Sunday) we have formally requested the Football Association of Ireland to investigate. The club will assist the FAI with their enquiries.

Whilst this investigation is on-going there will be no further comment from the club.