LONDON (AP) — Six people have been arrested after a second investigation into soccer match-fixing following reports that a player agreed to rig a Championship game in return for cash.
Britain's National Crime Agency confirmed Sunday it was examining the allegations after receiving information from The Sun On Sunday.
The newspaper said an undercover reporter met one player who claimed another agreed to deliberately earn a booking in a recent match in the second-tier of English soccer in return for a $41,000 payout.
"An active NCA investigation is now underway and we are working closely with the Football Association and the Gambling Commission," the NCA said in a statement. "Three people are in custody and are being questioned by NCA officers. We cannot comment further at this stage."
According to the newspaper, the soccer player, identified as former Portsmouth and Nigeria defender Sam Sodje, also claimed he could fix Premier League games and added he was capable of rigging matches at next year's World Cup.
Sodje, who presents himself as a fixer, also told the reporter that he was once intentionally sent off for a fee of about $95,000.
"We treat any allegations of criminal activity in our competitions with the utmost seriousness," Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey said. "Given that there is an ongoing police investigation into this matter, we cannot comment further at this time. Although, we would encourage anyone with any evidence to report it to the police. We will be giving our full assistance to the police during their investigation."
Portsmouth, playing in the fourth-tier League two, said it was saddened by the news but distanced itself from Sodje.