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Six Preston North End players bailed after arrest along with a Barnsley player over spot fixing allegations



Six Preston North End players who were arrested on Thursday in connection with spot-fixing allegations, along with seven other players, have been released on bail.

John Welsh, David Buchanan, Keith Keane, Bailey Wright, Graham Cummins and Ben Davies, together with Barnsley’s Stephen Dawson, were questioned by officers from the National Crime Agency.

Two of the players, Cummins and Davies have been on loan, at Rochdale and York respectively, whilst the other four have all been first team regulars this season as the club has fought for promotion from League One.

Six players who had previously been arrested- Blackburn Rovers striker DJ Campbell, former Oldham Athletic winger Cristian Montano and four others who have not been named were re-arrested after allegations were made in the Sun on Sunday.

Montiano was sacked by Oldham for his involvement.

North End had released a statement on Thursday afternoon confirming that the club had been contacted by the National Crime Agency.

The statement read: “In response to media inquiries received, Preston North End Football Club can confirm that today, April 3 2014, the club has been contacted by the National Crime Agency in relation to a wide-ranging investigation into ‘spot fixing’ in football."

“There are no suggestions that any offences that might have occurred involved match-fixing."

“None of our employees have been charged with any offence at this time and until or unless this position changes we will be taking no further action nor making any further comment."

“All of our contracted employees are available for selection by the manager.”

A Football League spokesman said: “The Football League has been made aware that a number of arrests have been made in relation to an on-going police investigation."

“We will provide our full co-operation to the relevant authorities. Given that it is an on-going matter, we cannot comment further at this time.”

Preston are currently fifth in League One, but will be guaranteed a play-off spot if they get a result against Bristol City on Saturday.



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