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SAM SODJE was one of three men arrested by National Crime Agency officers in a dawn raid yesterday morning.

The News understands one of the other men arrested was his brother Stephen, who also appeared on film discussing match-fixing. The identity of the third man held has not been revealed.

A spokeswoman for the NCA said: ‘The NCA can confirm that The Sun on Sunday has passed material from its own investigation to the National Crime Agency.

‘An active NCA investigation is now under way and we are working closely with the Football Association and the Gambling Commission.

‘Three people are in custody and are being questioned by NCA officers.’

The Football Association, which is in charge of ensuring the rules and regulations of football are followed by players and clubs, added: ‘The FA has been made aware of a number of arrests in relation to an NCA investigation.

‘We are working closely with the authorities in relation to these allegations.’

The NCA is already carrying out a separate investigation into an alleged international illegal betting syndicate.

Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, both 22, were charged with conspiracy to defraud contrary to common law.

The former Whitehawk FC players will appear in court on Wednesday.

Chann Sankaran, 33, and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, 43, were charged with plotting to defraud bookmakers.