Former Pompey player Sam Sodje has police bail cancelled

SAM SODJE has had his bail cancelled
SAM SODJE has had his bail cancelled

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EX-POMPEY player Sam Sodje has been released from police bail, following allegations of match fixing.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) had been investigating the allegations following a national newspaper report and the subsequent arrest of 13 people last December.

The agency has now cancelled the bail of all of those arrested, following a judge’s comments in relation to the collapse of the Tulisa Contostavlos drugs trial.

Undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood, also known as the ‘Fake Sheikh’, produced the investigation leading to the trial of Ms Contostavlos.

He also wrote the five-page story on alleged match fixing for the Sun on Sunday.

A spokesman for the NCA said: ‘As a result of recent adverse judicial comment during a trial where criminal proceedings were stayed, the NCA has decided to release from bail 13 subjects arrested in relation to a football match spot fixing investigation so that further enquiries can be undertaken.’

The allegations related to Pompey’s clash with Oldham on February 23, when the player was sent off after a linesman saw him punch Oldham’s Jose Baxter in the groin.