Premier League not part of match-fixing probe

The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) -- Games played in the lower reaches of English soccer are the focus of an investigation into match-fixing by a suspected international betting syndicate that has led to six people being arrested.

The Premier League said Thursday that it has not been contacted by police in relation to an undercover investigation by Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, which reported that at least three of the men held this week are soccer players. Another is reportedly a former Premier League player who is now an agent.

The Football League, which runs the three professional divisions below the Premier League, has already said it has not been involved in the investigation.

The Football Conference, the fifth level of English soccer, says it is ''aware'' of the match-fixing case but ''cannot make any comment.''

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