Norwich City cleared by FA

The FA have cleared Norwich City and Derby County of any wrong-doing following recent much-publicised allegations surrounding 'irregular betting' on a league match between the two clubs.

The FA have cleared Norwich City and Derby County of any wrong-doing following recent much-publicised allegations surrounding 'irregular betting' on a league match between the two clubs.

City's Championship clash with Derby at Carrow Road on October 4 saw the ten-man Rams hold out for a 2-1 win. After the game a Sunday newspaper carried allegations of 'irregular betting patterns' in the Asian gambling market concerning the game.

The FA has been investigating these allegations with the full co-operation of both clubs, who have remained adamant throughout that damaging suggestions of match-fixing were without foundation.

A statement released by the FA today said: "The FA can confirm that it has closed its enquiry into reports of unusual betting patterns around the match between Norwich City and Derby County on October 4.


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"Based on the information gathered as a result of detailed enquiries, there is no evidence to suggest any irregularities around the progress or result of the game.

"The FA received assistance from the Gambling Commission and individual UK bookmakers, who confirmed that no suspicious activity took place on their markets around the match at Carrow Road.

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"We also received full cooperation from both clubs, both of whom reported that they had no concerns about the match.

"The FA has made it clear that if fresh information comes to light which gives rise to concerns then the enquiry may be reopened."

City Chief Executive Neil Doncaster told the club's official website: "I'm delighted that the good name of Norwich City has been upheld and our reputation remains entirely unblemished."

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