Australian Football League Umpire Arrested on Suspicion of Sharing Insider Information With Betting Ring

  • The umpire allegedly leaked tallies for Brownlow Medal voting to a betting ring
  • The Brownlow Medal is the most prestigious individual award in the sport
  • There is no evidence as of yet that the vote’s outcome was impacted
  • Brownlow votes are sealed and stored after games in an off-site secure location
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An Australian Football League umpire is at the center of an alleged insider information betting scandal. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Leaking tallies

Police in Victoria have arrested four people, including an Australian Football League (AFL) umpire, for allegedly giving insider information on tallies for the Brownlow Medal race to a betting ring.

the most prestigious individual award in the sport

The Brownlow Medal is the most prestigious individual award in the sport, awarded to the player who is deemed to be the “best and fairest” in the most recent season. Three umpires after each game will submit a vote, which are added up at the end of the season.

Detectives from the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit made the four arrests on Monday. Investigations appear to be ongoing to determine the extent of the leaks, as well as how much money was won through the wagers.

No evidence of tampering

There is no evidence as of yet that the vote’s outcome was impacte. Each of the four arrested men has been released from police custody after being interviewed. Four homes in Melbourne were subject to searches; detectives seized numerous electronic items and mobile phones.

could face up to ten years in prison

The specific offenses that are under investigation include conduct that could corrupt the outcome of an event and the use of corrupt conduct information for betting purposes. People found guilty of these offenses could face up to ten years in prison.

Talking about the importance of the investigation was Victoria Police Intelligence & Covert Support Command commander Deb Robertson, who said that it is vital that people know that there is “integrity, fairness and honesty” behind the Brownlow Medal.

Full compliance from the AFL

The AFL confirmed that an umpire was one of the four arrested men. In a statement, AFL general counsel and executive general manager of football Andrew Dillon said: “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.”

The winner of this year’s Brownlow Medal was Carlton Blues player Patrick Cripps, who finished one vote ahead of Brisbane Lions’ Lachie Neale. The ceremony took place on September 18.

Dillon confirmed that the AFL complied with the investigation and reiterated that there is no evidence that the outcome of the Brownlow Medal is in question. He explained that Brownlow votes get fully sealed and stored after games in an off-site secure location and are not opened until the ceremony. KPMG audits the sealed cards during the course of the season.