The National Crime Agency is looking into Granit Xhaka’s yellow card against Leeds in December after a £65,000 bet was placed on him being booked.
The FA launched a six-month investigation after leading bookmakers alerted them to the incident.
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In the 86th minute of the Premier League match at Elland Road, the Arsenal star, 29, was booked for timewasting.
With the Gunners leading 4-1 at the time, Xhaka delayed taking a free kick, prompting referee Andre Marriner to show him a yellow card.
Bookmakers were notified after a bet of £65,000 was placed during the game on him being booked. The punter won £250,000.
There has never been any suggestion that Xhaka or any other Arsenal player did anything wrong, and the investigation has not looked into the midfielder’s behavior.
It follows a six-month inquiry by the FA after being alerted to the incident by leading bookmakers.
The National Crime Agency is reportedly looking into the bet on Granit Xhaka’s yellow card against Leeds
In January a betting source told SunSport: “This bet was flagged to all bookmakers, because it was so big and it paid out.
“The investigation is looking at the bet rather than Xhaka’s behaviour —– it is not unusual for him to be carded at all.”
According to The Mail the National Crime Agency is investigating with the £65,000 stake far in excess of what is usually placed on yellow card bets, while the odds of a booking in the final ten minutes were greater than they had been prior to kick-off.
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