AFL confirm umpire among those arrested amid Brownlow Medal betting scandal

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The AFL has confirmed one of its umpires had been arrested as part of Victoria Police’s investigation into suspicious betting activity regarding the 2022 Brownlow Medal.

It has been confirmed that the suspicious betting activity revolved around round-by-round vote getters and had been flagged by one of the competition’s betting agency partners.

Once hearing this information, the AFL Integrity Unit worked with the betting partner as well as the Sports Integrity Australia and Victorian Police.

Field umpire Michael Pell has reportedly been arrested in relation to allegations he engaged in misconduct that could corrupt betting outcomes.

Pell was promoted to the position in early 2022 but now could face up to 10 years imprisonment.

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At the moment, the AFL has no reason to believe that the awarding of the votes has been impacted by the scandal as the allegations relate to the distribution of the outcomes to “unauthorised persons”.

AFL EGM and General Counsel Andrew Dillon spoke on the issue and the integrity of the count in an official statement from the league.

“In the days following the 2022 Brownlow Medal count, the AFL was made aware of potential suspicious activity by one of our betting agency partners and the AFL Integrity Unit immediately gathered further information,” Dillon said.

“Given the nature of the alleged activity we engaged Sports Integrity Australia and Victoria Police to assist with the matter.

“I want to stress that neither Victoria Police, nor the AFL have information to suggest that the outcome of the Brownlow Medal was impacted as the allegations relate solely to the leaking or improper communication of the 3,2,1 voting outcomes of some specific matches during the season.

“Post-game, the Brownlow votes are sealed and stored in a secure off-site location and not opened until they are delivered on stage on Brownlow night. The sealed vote cards are audited throughout the season by KPMG.”

Furthermore, the “Brownlow Medal round-by-round betting markets only open post home-and-away season”.

Carlton’s Patrick Cripps was awarded the medal as the best player of the 2022 AFL season.

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