Burnley boss not surprised by fix scandal

Scandal: DJ Campbell, right, in action for Ipswich last season
Scandal: DJ Campbell, right, in action for Ipswich last season

Clarets boss Sean Dyche hopes the match-fixing scandal engulfing the English game is not widespread.

On Monday, striker DJ Campbell, of neighbours Blackburn Rovers, was arrested, before being bailed until April 14th as part of an investigation by the National Crime Agency, acting on information passed on by the Sun on Sunday newspaper.

Campbell, and other suspects, are facing bans, with Oldham’s Cristian Montano suspended without pay

The Sun on Sunday reported that an undercover investigator met former Charlton Athletic and Portsmouth defender Sam Sodje, who is allegeded to have said he could arrange for footballers in the Championship to deliberately get booked in return for tens of thousands of pounds.

Sodje also claimed he could rig Premier League games and was preparing to fix matches at the World Cup in Brazil.

Dyche admits he wasn’t shocked at the news, although he said: “I’ve never experienced it.

“I don’t know a lot about it other than what we’ve read in the papers, so I’m sure the powers that be will sort out what the ins and outs of it and the facts are.

“Nothing surprises me in football nowadays.

“There’s a lot at stake don’t forget.

“I’m not a gambler so I don’t really understand the nature of the business.”

Asked whether he was disappointing that sort of thing could happen, he added: “There are allegations which suggest there is something.

“We all hope that it’s not a deep situation where there are ongoing things at other clubs and other situations.

“But I don’t know enough about the exact facts.

“I’m sure they’ll come to light, they seem to be doing at the moment. If it is a problem, the depth of it will soon come to light.”