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Blackburn Rovers striker DJ Campbell has been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged spot-fixing in football.

The 32-year-old is one of six people to have been detained by the National Crime Agency, the club confirmed.

In a statement, Blackburn Rovers FC said: “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.”

The news comes after it emerged ex-Portsmouth star Sam Sodje and his brother Stephen were also held by cops investigating football corruption .

Sodje, 34, was detained after being filmed claiming he could arrange for players to pick up yellow cards in exchange for cash.

Nigeria-born Sodje demanded £30,000 for a booking and £50,000 for a player to get a red card during a match.

He even claimed he punched a player in the groin during a match to be deliberately sent off – and pick up a £70,000 bung.

The former Reading and Brentford defender also boasted that he could rig Premier League and World Cup games.

He said some African players could be easily tempted because they do not get paid much to represent their national teams.

The brothers were arrested by detectives from the National Crime Agency at their homes in Abbeywood, south London.

The arrests follow an investigation by The Sun which reports that Campbell was arrested yesterday a day after he came on as a substitute against QPR in his team’s Championship game.

The newspaper claimed that detectives were likely to review a yellow card he received for a tackle committed in the first half of Blackburn’s league game against Ipswich Town last Tuesday.

 

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