The Derby vs. Norwich League Championship match earlier this month has been put under the scanner by England's Football Association (FA), spurred by reports of unusual high roller betting
patterns in Asia, which in turn gave rise to conjecture that the match had been fixed.
Derby won the game 2-1.
Irregular betting details
The Sunday Telegraph, which carried reports that the match was fixed, has given details of the irregular betting to both the FA and the Gambling Commission. Though neither the FA nor the Commission has any authority over Asia, both are watchdogs guarding the integrity of football.
Question in Parliament
The matter came out in the open when British politician Norman Lamb, who holds a Norwich season ticket, asked a question in Parliament about the matter. In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation, Lamb pointed out that such developments harmed the sport by destroying trust, and wanted the FA to take up the matter on an urgent basis.
The FA has said that its aim is to make a thorough investigation, as against a quick one. FA Chairman David Triesman noted that an assessment would be made after all information had been gathered, and added that there was no room for guesswork in the FA method of functioning.
'Sport's image not tarnished'
Triesman dismissed the contention that sport's reputation would be tarnished, saying that in England, it did not suffer from the type of gambling
scandals sports attracted in other places, notably the United States. He said that the way to keep football clean would be to take this whole matter seriously and make a meticulous study of the charges.