Date: 4th May 2008 at 4:18pm
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THE FOOTBALL Association are investigating an irregular and abnormal betting pattern that saw bets stop for Accrington Stanley’s loss against Bury.

Large bets were placed on a Bury victory and Andy Bishop being a goalscorer. The game finished with a 2-0 scoreline in the favour of Bury, with Bishop scoring both.

William Hill stopped bets on Friday evening after spotting the odd pattern, with Coral doing the same at 1:45pm on Saturday afternoon, over an hour before it would usually be stopped.

‘We were seeing substantial money for just one result, Bury to win.’ said William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe.

‘We shortened the price four times and we were still seeing people wanting to bet.

‘That was the point at which we decided to close the book. I can’t ever recall us taking this action on an English league game.’

Sharpe expalained that William Hill had been in contact with the Football League over the betting and Coral claim to have contacted regulators at the Gambling Commission.

Coral spokesman David Stevens said: ‘It was a significant unusual amount of money for a bet of that stature.

‘It was abnormal and it was all one way traffic. All the money was for Bury.’

Adrian Bevington, spokesman for the FA, said that they were looking into the matter and that an investigation was under way.

‘This was a very unusual betting pattern – if the allegations are true.

‘We were made aware of the situation on Friday. We will look very closely at the information Betfair and other bookmakers provide and take any subsequent action with the Football League and the two clubs concerned.’