Pompey to hold 'match-fixing' meeting with players

Daily Echo: Sam Sodje Sam Sodje

Portsmouth will hold a meeting with their players on Tuesday in the wake of the match-fixing allegations surrounding Sam Sodje.

Six people have been detained in an investigation by the National Crime Agency after it acted on information passed to it by the Sun on Sunday newspaper.

According to the paper, an undercover investigator met former Portsmouth player Sodje, who allegedly said he could arrange for footballers in the Championship to get themselves a yellow card in return for tens of thousands of pounds.

The 34-year-old, who played for Portsmouth in League One last season, claimed he could rig Premier League games and even said he was preparing to fix matches at next year's World Cup in Brazil, the newspaper reported.

Fratton Park chiefs will speak to their current players about the claims and warn them to be vigilant.

Chief executive Mark Catlin said: "All you can do is check the people around you, notice anything suspicious and inform the players how serious an issue this is.

"We will be doing that tomorrow as a club, speaking to the players and saying we have to be self-policing.

"If anyone sees or hears anything suspicious it's not a case of dropping a friend in it, it's about upholding the integrity of the sport.

"Things like this need to be dealt with internally. The people who will root this out are the players, the managers and the people within football."

The claims overshadowed Pompey's appointment of new manager Richie Barker and director of football Steve Coppell.

The club were naturally unwilling to discuss the allegations as Barker was presented to the media on Monday morning.

But Pompey chairman Iain McIness did say: "I think the gaming industry shouild be held to account. Somebody can sit on their laptop and check out of a bet, you don't even have to win the bet now. There is just too much of it.

"It's inevitable if you make betting as big a business as it is now available to sport in that depth, you are going to have a bunch of characters that are just going to do things you shouldn't be expected to do."

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8:39pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Southampton boy says...

No wonder did he have to do it to get paid ?...
No wonder did he have to do it to get paid ?... Southampton boy

8:47pm Mon 9 Dec 13

DisplacedFan says...

What is there to fix when they lose most games?
What is there to fix when they lose most games? DisplacedFan

9:30pm Mon 9 Dec 13

issacchunt says...

Which fine upstanding non dodgy individual was the manager at the time?
Which fine upstanding non dodgy individual was the manager at the time? issacchunt

9:30pm Mon 9 Dec 13

rednwhite72 says...

"it's about upholding the integrity of the sport"
Did he really say that? He does know that he's talking about Poopey here right?
The club that has a history of dodgy deals, Russian gangsters and fake sheiks, integrity haha, my arse...!
They have been an embarrassment to English football. I am not surprised that they have cheats in their ranks, horses for courses...
"it's about upholding the integrity of the sport" Did he really say that? He does know that he's talking about Poopey here right? The club that has a history of dodgy deals, Russian gangsters and fake sheiks, integrity haha, my arse...! They have been an embarrassment to English football. I am not surprised that they have cheats in their ranks, horses for courses... rednwhite72

10:03pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Got to love that headline! Well done Echo.
Got to love that headline! Well done Echo. Seedhouse the Unrepentant

3:39am Tue 10 Dec 13

scottmc (PFC) says...

"Horses for courses"??

Last time out I heard it was "Horses for lovers" for you guys...
"Horses for courses"?? Last time out I heard it was "Horses for lovers" for you guys... scottmc (PFC)

6:53am Tue 10 Dec 13

kev63 says...

The most embarassing club in he world, grotty little club in a grotty little town
The most embarassing club in he world, grotty little club in a grotty little town kev63

6:56am Tue 10 Dec 13

stay local says...

sorry not sure about this quote.

"Things like this need to be dealt with internally. The people who will root this out are the players, the managers and the people within football."

Call me old fashioned but are we not talking about a criminal act here? I think it should be down the the police and courts to decide.
sorry not sure about this quote. "Things like this need to be dealt with internally. The people who will root this out are the players, the managers and the people within football." Call me old fashioned but are we not talking about a criminal act here? I think it should be down the the police and courts to decide. stay local

7:56am Tue 10 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

rednwhite72 wrote:
"it's about upholding the integrity of the sport" Did he really say that? He does know that he's talking about Poopey here right? The club that has a history of dodgy deals, Russian gangsters and fake sheiks, integrity haha, my arse...! They have been an embarrassment to English football. I am not surprised that they have cheats in their ranks, horses for courses...
Spot on comment.
I bet (oops) that there will be more Poopey players past and present that are very worried at the moment.
[quote][p][bold]rednwhite72[/bold] wrote: "it's about upholding the integrity of the sport" Did he really say that? He does know that he's talking about Poopey here right? The club that has a history of dodgy deals, Russian gangsters and fake sheiks, integrity haha, my arse...! They have been an embarrassment to English football. I am not surprised that they have cheats in their ranks, horses for courses...[/p][/quote]Spot on comment. I bet (oops) that there will be more Poopey players past and present that are very worried at the moment. Norwegian Saint

8:58pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Rocket 1 says...

Portsmouth Football Club have been cleared of all match fixing allegations, after judges ruled that it was too obvious they were going to lose, they even consulted "Arry's dog" to confirm this................
.............."Arry" was unavailable for comment, he was down the bank making a withdrawal........
Portsmouth Football Club have been cleared of all match fixing allegations, after judges ruled that it was too obvious they were going to lose, they even consulted "Arry's dog" to confirm this................ .............."Arry" was unavailable for comment, he was down the bank making a withdrawal........ Rocket 1

9:31pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Rocket 1 says...

One of the players listed in the Match fixing allegations, says that he his 100% innocent and will be available to play this Saturday in the 2-2 draw with Millwall............
One of the players listed in the Match fixing allegations, says that he his 100% innocent and will be available to play this Saturday in the 2-2 draw with Millwall............ Rocket 1

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