Four people have been arrested by Victoria Police over a Brownlow Medal betting scandal in 2022, with an ongoing investigation.
The sun herald reports that an AFL referee is now under intense scrutiny.
The award was won by Carlton’s Patrick Cripps on September 18 with 29 votes in a count that came down to the final game of the season.
Four men have been arrested in connection with suspicious betting activity linked to the 2022 AFL Brownlow Medal count.
Two men from Glenroy, one from Oak Park and one from Drouin are currently being held to assist police in their investigation.
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The Victoria Police Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit’s investigation into the case relates to the publication of vote tallies for Brownlow and suspicious betting activity. It is not yet clear how many matches have had votes or the size of bets placed, with police saying they are currently investigating.
Warrants were executed in Glenroy, Kilsyth, Oak Park, Drouin, Craigieburn and Doreen on Monday, with several cellphones and electronics seized.
In a statement, Victoria Police said: ‘It is alleged that someone with knowledge of the vote tally for these matches distributed the information to a group of people they knew.
“At this stage, the police have no information to suggest that the outcome of the votes was impacted as the allegations relate only to the dissemination of information.”
The investigation is being conducted alongside the AFL and Sport Integrity Australia.
Commander Deb Robertson of Victoria Police Secret Intelligence and Support Command acknowledged the AFL’s role in the investigation.
“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,” she said.
“We have worked with the AFL and Sport Integrity Australian 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.”
According to the police, the four men are participating in the investigation. Offenses under investigation are punishable by 10 years imprisonment.