Four people arrested and AFL umpire under scrutiny amid Brownlow Medal scandal

A group of men have been arrested over alleged illegal Brownlow Medal betting linked to the 2022 count.

The Victorian Police’s Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit believes votes for the prestigious AFL award had been released prior to the count.

It is of the opinion that an AFL umpire is involved in the scandal and is under the microscope of the investigation.

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“It’s alleged that a person with knowledge of the voting tally of these matches distributed the information to a group of people known to them,” a Victoria Police statement said.

The Police are investigating and comparing the size of bets involved and the potential matches that have had votes released.

“At this stage, police have no information to suggest that the outcome of the votes were impacted as the allegations relate solely to the distribution of information,” the statement said.

Warrants were granted at residential properties in Victoria (Glenroy, Kilsyth, Oak Park, Drouin, Craigieburn and Doreen) as phones and other electronic items were seized by Police.

The four men that were arrested are currently in custody and are facing an imprisonment of up to 10 years if found guilty.

Intelligence and Covert Support Command, Commander Deb Robertson issued a statement on Monday.

“We have a dedicated team of detectives at the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit who are committed to investigating any and all allegations of corruption in sport,” Robertson said.

“Victorians are well known for their love of AFL and in particular, the prestigious Brownlow Medal award, but equally they want to know that there is integrity, fairness and honesty behind this award.

“We have been working with the AFL and Sport Integrity Australia in relation to these matters, and we will continue to work together to target, disrupt and apprehend people who commit these offences.

“The public assistance is a really key part – we know there are people out there involved in sport who see or hear things they know are not right and we need them to speak up. This can also be done confidentially via Crime Stoppers.”

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

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