The FA’s probe into betting patterns around a yellow card picked up by Granit Xhaka has been passed on to the National Crime Agency after a six month investigation.

Switzerland's midfielder Granit Xhaka gives a thumb up to supporters prior to the UEFA Nations League - League A group 2 football match between Switzerland and Portugal at the Stade de Geneve in Geneva, on June 12, 2022. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
Switzerland’s midfielder Granit Xhaka gives a thumb up to supporters prior to the UEFA Nations League – League A group 2 football match between Switzerland and Portugal at the Stade de Geneve in Geneva, on June 12, 2022. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

It should be made clear from the outset that Granit Xhaka is not being investigated, rather, it is the pattern of betting that emerged around a yellow card he picked up for timewasting against Leeds United.

At the time, an unnamed industry expert told the Mail that the patterns of betting were highly unusual, but also added, “The trading in the 10 minutes prior to that yellow is nothing like I have ever seen before.

“It looks unusual but the most plausible thing is that it is the perfect storm of punters opposing each other rather than fixing.

“I have got to emphasise it is people losing money as well as winning.

“I don’t think Premier League footballers on £175,000 a week are fixing, even to the slightly larger amounts you can win on exchanges.”

FA sources also told the Mail that, privately, they doubt the player even knew about the spot bets.

After an investigation that has lasted six months, the FA have now handed their information over to the National Crime Agency with the Daily Mail stating there are suspicions of a ‘major scandal’.

The National Crime Agency is tasked with investigating organised crime.

Daily Mail backpage with the headline TOP COPS PROBE XHAKA BOOKING
Daily Mail backpage with the headline TOP COPS PROBE XHAKA BOOKING

Again, the Mail stress that “there has never been any suggestion of any wrongdoing by Xhaka or any other Arsenal player,” although that’s not strictly true.

When this story first broke at the start of 2022 there were some media outlets who were very keen for people to have the impression that Xhaka was somehow involved.

The whole affair centres around a £52,000 bet that was placed during Arsenal’s match against Leeds for Xhaka to get booked in the final 10 minutes of the match. The amount won was said to be around £250,000.

In the 86th minute, Xhaka was booked by Andre Marriner for taking too long over a freekick.

While the Mail cover their ass by saying Xhaka is not suspected of any wrongdoing, they also add that, “video footage of the incident shows Xhaka standing over the ball deep in his own half for around 20 seconds with no apparent desire to take the free-kick before he is booked.”

The sum is believed to be ‘far in excess’ of what is usually placed on yellow cards.

The FA have not opened an investigation into Granit Xhaka.

It is also worth noting that an industry expert highlighted that money was also lost.

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