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Ex-Wanderer arrested in match-fixing probe

Tony Marshall

Ex-Wanderers striker Delroy Facey was today one of six men arrested on suspicion of fixing English football matches.

Facey, now an agent, was arrested along with three other footballers following investigations by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in conjunction with the Times newspaper.

It is being reported that an undercover journalist covertly recorded conversations over the past fortnight, and discovered that lower league matches could be fixed for as little as £50,000 and correctly forecast the outcome of three games played by the same team as a result of conversations with the fixers.

It is expected that more news will come out in the coming days.

Facey was a well-travelled striker in his playing days. He joined Bolton Wanderers from Huddersfield in 2002 following a tribunal ruling that decided we should pay an initial £100,000 for Facey plus £50,000 for every five games, up to a maximum of 25 games, that he played for the club with the club also receiving a sell on clause of 15% of any fee that Bolton could receive for him.

He made an initial ten appearances for the club (scoring twice), before being sent out on loan to Bradford City (where he scored on his debut against Wimbledon) and then Burnley during the 2002-03 season. He left Bolton on a permanent move to West Bromwich Albion in 2004.