An AFL referee is one of four men who have been arrested in connection with an investigation into suspicious betting activity linked to this year’s Brownlow Medal.
The league confirmed on Monday that Victoria Police’s Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit alleged the foursome were involved in suspicious betting activity relating to round-by-round betting on the 2022 count, won by Patrick Cripps.
It is alleged that a person with knowledge of the vote tally for certain games provided the information to a group of people he knew.
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Two 32-year-old men from Glenroy, a 29-year-old man from Oak Park and a 27-year-old man from Drouin are set to be charged on summons with using information to corrupt a betting event.
Detectives executed warrants at several residential properties in Victoria, seizing cellphones and electronics while arresting the four men.
The four men are in custody and are assisting the police with ongoing investigations.
These offenses are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
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The AFL said there was no information to suggest the allocation of votes was affected by the suspicious betting activity, “as the allegations relate only to leaked distribution or incorrect reporting of voting results. 3,2,1 after certain specific games during the season for unauthorized persons”.
AFL EGM Football and General Counsel Andrew Dillon said: “In the days following the 2022 Brownlow Medal count, the AFL has been made aware of potential suspicious activity by one of our betting agency partners and the AFL Integrity Unit immediately gathered additional information.
“Given the nature of the alleged activity, we have engaged Sports Integrity Australia and Victoria Police to assist us in this matter.
“I want to stress that neither Victoria Police nor the AFL have any information to suggest the Brownlow Medal result was affected, as the allegations relate solely to the leaking or misreporting of the results of Vote 3 ,2,1 of some specific matches. during the season.
“After the game, Brownlow’s votes are sealed and stored in a secure offsite location and are not opened until delivered to the stage on Brownlow’s night. Sealed ballots are audited throughout the season by KPMG.
Intelligence and Secret Support Command Commander Deb Robertson released a statement on Monday.
“We have a dedicated team of detectives at the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit who are committed to investigating all allegations of corruption in sport,” Robertson said.
“Victorians are well known for their love of the AFL and in particular the prestigious Brownlow Medal award, but they also want to know that there is integrity, fairness and honesty behind it. price.
“We have worked with the AFL and Sport Integrity Australia on these issues, and we will continue to work together to target, disrupt and apprehend those who commit these offences.
“Public assistance is a really essential element – we know that there are people involved in sport who see or hear things that they know are not fair and we need them to speak up. That can also be done confidentially through Crime Stoppers.