Former Celtic Star Leigh Griffiths Arrested in Sports Betting Investigation

  • Police arrested the 32-year-old on Thursday morning and searched his home
  • Two other men who have involvement in Scottish soccer were also arrested
  • No details have come to light as to the specifics of the investigation
  • Many soccer players over the years have faced sports betting-related investigations
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Former Scotland and Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths was arrested on Thursday as part of a sports betting investigation. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Three men questioned

Former Celtic and Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths has been questioned as part of a sports betting investigation. Police talked to the 32-year-old on Thursday morning and searched his home in Lanarkshire. He was then brought to a police station in Glasgow and subsequently released without receiving any charges.

the arrest of two others who have involvement in Scottish football

Police searched other properties as part of the investigation, leading to the arrest of two others who have involvement in Scottish football. One of those arrested is a 35-year-old midfielder who is still playing in the Scottish Championship, while the other was a former player who is now an assistant manager at a Scottish Junior team. According to a spokesperson for Police Scotland, each of the men was released without charges pending additional inquiries.

Heavy police presence

The search at Griffith’s home took two and a half hours and involved over ten officers. The detached property is currently up for sale and is valued at £675,000 ($828,360).

Leigh Griffiths played 261 games for Celtic over an eight-year stint at the club, scoring 123 goals in that time. He also played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Livingston, and Hibs, among others, and appeared 22 times for the Scotland national team, and scoring four times. He is currently without a club, but there have been rumors in recent days that he could be set to return to Celtic on a short-term deal.

Neighbors told local media that there was a heavy police presense and they were not discreet at all.

“The street was full of police cars and a van. They were inside the house and searching the cars in the driveway. It was still dark and the police were using torches (flashlights),” a neighbor told the Daily Record.

“It was chaotic. They were still there when people were going to work.”

Griffiths has denied any wrongdoing, but he did not reveal any details of the discussions he had with the authorities.

Latest footballer in hot water

Griffiths is not the only footballer to be under scrutiny as part of a sports betting investigation. Numerous players have gotten in trouble over the years for their involvement in various types of betting activity.

There are very strict rules in place across the UK that prohibit soccer players from betting on games or passing on inside information to others to subsequently place wagers.

One of the most recently notable instances involves Brentford striker Ivan Toney. The Football Association (FA) in England has accused the 26-year-old of committing 232 gambling offenses over a four-year period. He was on the brink of making England’s World Cup squad when the revelations came to light. It is unclear what punishment he can expect to receive.