Ex-Stevenage player questioned in ‘match-fixing’ scandal

DJ Campbell in his Stevenage days. Photo: Comet library

DJ Campbell in his Stevenage days. Photo: Comet library - Credit: Archant

DJ Campbell is among six people being questioned by police, his current club Blackburn Rovers have confirmed.

Six people, including ex-Stevenage striker DJ Campbell, are being questioned by police after former Boro player Sam Sodje was reportedly recorded telling a reporter he was involved in fixing football matches.

Sodje, who played more than 30 times for Boro between 2001 and 2002, was secretly filmed by the Sun on Sunday describing how, when playing for Portsmouth, he punched an opponent in a League 1 match to get a red card in exchange for £70,000.

The ex-Pompey player also said he arranged for another player to be paid £30,000 for getting a yellow card in a Championship match, and claimed he could rig Premier League games and was prepared to fix matches at next year’s World Cup.

DJ Campbell, who had a season playing alongside Sodje at Stevenage, is among the six men arrested his current club Blackburn Rovers confirmed on Monday.

Blackburn Rovers FC said in a statement: “Following reports in today’s national media, Blackburn Rovers can confirm that striker DJ Campbell has been arrested.

“The club will be making no further comment on what is now an ongoing legal matter.”

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League 1 side Tranmere Rovers said it was aware of allegations linking one its players, former Boro striker Akpo Sodje, to the football spot-fixing scandal, but said it would be unable to comment on the claims surrounding Sodje due to an “ongoing investigation”.

The club released the following statement: “Tranmere Rovers Football Club are aware of Sunday newspaper allegations regarding Akpo Sodje.

As this is an ongoing investigation the Club will make no further comment at this time.”

The National Crime Agency, which is investigating the claims, said: “We can confirm that the Sun on Sunday has passed material from its own investigation to the NCA.

“An active NCA investigation is now under way and we are working closely with the Football Association and the Gambling Commission. Six people are in custody and are being questioned by NCA officers. We cannot comment further at this stage.”