11 people face possible criminal charges over match-fixing

11 people face possible criminal charges over match-fixing

Two sisters, a son and a husband face possible criminal charges over a match-fixing probe after huge underdogs won a football match 5-0.

Hayley Hartson and Victoria Hartson De-Vulgt have been interviewed by police in relation to the alleged gambling racket in the Welsh league.    

Crown prosecutors are now considering charges against 11 people after there was a flurry of big bets on the match.

The investigation was launched after favourites Port Talbot lost 5-0 to already-relegated Rhyl – who had not won in 17 matches in April 2016.

Hayley Hartson and her son James (pictured together, left) were interviewed along with Victoria Hartson De-Vulgt and her husband Leigh (pictured together, right) 

Hayley Hartson (pictured) confirmed that she, along with members of her family, have been interviewed over the alleged betting scam 

Hayley, 44, and her sister Victoria, 34, were among those quizzed along with Hayley’s son James, 22, and Victoria’s husband Leigh De-Vulgt, 36.   

Both men played for Port Talbot in the Welsh league but were not picked and the team lost the game. 

Now 18 months after the arrests, South Wales Police say they have passed evidence to prosecutors to consider bringing charges.

A police spokeswoman said: ‘South Wales Police has submitted a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service as part of an investigation into alleged match fixing of a Welsh Premier League fixture.

‘The force’s Economic Crime Unit commenced an investigation after receiving information from the Football Association of Wales and the Gambling Commission’s Sports Betting Intelligence Unit about betting patterns on the match between Port Talbot Town and Rhyl played on 9th April 2016.’ 

Hayley confirmed she, her sister and her son were interviewed over the alleged betting scam.

She said: ‘We haven’t been charged with anything. It is what it is. I haven’t been charged with anything, neither has my son or my sister.’ 

Her son James, who works as a high-end car sales firm which specialises in leasing cars to footballers and sportsmen, lives with his mother Hayley at home in Llansamlet, Swansea.

James Hartson, 22, (pictured) played for Port Talbot but was not picked and did not play in the game in question 

Victoria Hartson De-Vulgt (pictured) was also quizzed by officers and  South Wales Police has submitted a file of evidence to the CPS

Underdogs Rhyl stunned fans when they romped to victory by five goals in their home game.

It was even more of a shock because Port Talbot had beaten Rhyl 4-0 just two weeks earlier before the return match at Belle Vu

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