FAI confirm Athlone Town investigation has "widened"

Irish soccer's governing body issue an update on situation regarding "potential rule breaches"

FAI confirm Athlone Town investigation has "widened"

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The FAI have announced that the investigation into Athlone Town in relation to "potential rule breaches" has  widened.

On Wednesday, Irish soccer's governing body revealed that they had launched an investigation into "potential breaches of FAI rules" regarding "irregular betting patterns" related to a match involving the League of Ireland First Division club.

That announcement had followed receipt of a UEFA report.

The scope of that investigation has now been widened according to the FAI, who issued an update on the situation, stating that "confidential information" received on Friday has led to two other unnamed matches involving Athlone Town becoming subject of the probe. 

In a statement, the FAI said: "The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that the investigation into Athlone Town AFC regarding potential breaches of FAI rules has now been widened.

"On May 3, the FAI announced that it had launched an investigation into Athlone Town AFC following a detailed report received from UEFA highlighting irregular betting patterns around their SSE Airtricity League First Division game with Longford Town on Saturday, April 29.

"The FAI has since learned - via confidential information received on Friday, May 5 - that two other games involving the club warrants further investigation.

"The FAI have contacted the club about this new information and will commence its investigation on Monday, May 8 when meeting with players, staff and officials."

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