The Victoria Police Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit, together with the AFL, investigated the discharge of voting tallies which resulted in Victoria Police arresting 4 folks over alleged unlawful betting on the end result.
The AFL’s Brownlow Medal went underneath investigation due to suspicious betting exercise on the 2022 depend.
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“It’s alleged that an individual with information of the voting tally of those matches distributed the knowledge to a bunch of individuals identified to them,” a Victoria Police assertion mentioned.
On Monday, the AFL confirmed that one of many 4 folks arrested in relation to the investigation was an umpire.
“Within the days following the 2022 Brownlow Medal depend, the AFL was made conscious of potential suspicious exercise by one in every of our betting company companions and the AFL Integrity unit instantly gathered additional data,” AFL EGM Soccer and Common Counsel Andrew Dillon mentioned in a press release.
“Given the character of the alleged exercise we engaged Sports activities Integrity Australia and Victoria Police to help with the matter.
“I wish to stress that neither Victoria Police, nor the AFL have data to counsel that the end result of the Brownlow Medal was impacted because the allegations relate solely to the leaking or improper communication of the three,2,1 voting outcomes of some particular matches through the season.
“Publish-game, the Brownlow votes are sealed and saved in a safe off-site location and never opened till they’re delivered on stage on Brownlow evening. The sealed vote playing cards are audited all through the season by KPMG.”
The investigation continues to be ongoing to uncover what number of matches had votes launched and the dimensions of the bets.
Police raided properties at Glenroy, Kilsyth, Oak Park, Drouin, Craigieburn and Doreen. A number of cellphones and different digital gadgets had been seized within the raids.
Whereas Patrick Cripps claimed a nailbiting victory, the investigation is alleged to be wanting into spot betting somewhat than the general winner.
“At this stage, police haven’t any data to counsel that the end result of the votes had been impacted because the allegations relate solely to the distribution of data,” the assertion mentioned.
The lads arrested had been two 32-year-olds from Glenroy, a 29-year-old man from Oak Park and a 27-year-old man from Drouin.
“All 4 males are presently in custody aiding police with their inquiries and the investigation is ongoing,” the Victoria Police assertion mentioned.
“The felony offences police are investigating are partaking in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting consequence of occasion or occasion contingency, and utilizing corrupt conduct data for betting functions. These offences carry as much as 10 years’ imprisonment.”
The AFL confirms it has been knowledgeable that the Victoria Police Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit have arrested 4 folks in relation to an investigation into suspicious betting exercise linked to round-by-round betting on this yr’s Brownlow Medal depend.
The suspicious betting exercise, on bets positioned on round-by-round vote getters, triggered a response and notification by one of many AFL’s betting company companions.
Upon receiving this data, the AFL Integrity unit labored with the AFL’s betting companions to assemble additional data and together with Sports activities Integrity Australia and Victoria Police undertook an investigation.
The AFL and Victoria Police haven’t any data to counsel that the awarding of match day votes was impacted in reference to the suspicious betting exercise, because the allegations relate solely to the distribution leaking or improper communication of the three,2,1 voting outcomes submit some particular matches through the season to unauthorised individuals.
Brownlow Medal round-by-round betting markets solely open submit the house and away season.
Victoria Police has knowledgeable the AFL that one of many 4 individuals arrested this morning is an AFL umpire.
The AFL will proceed to help Victoria Police with the on-going investigation.