Reports last week said that suspicious betting patterns which related to a yellow card shown to an Arsenal player had emerged and been reported to the FA. The bet, which is estimated to have been in the region of £52,000, was placed on the midfielder to be given a yellow card in the final 10 minutes of their game against Leeds United, where he was booked in the 84th minute for time wasting.
The Times newspaper have said that they governing body are looking into the details before deciding whether to pursue a full investigation. A statement from and FA spokesperson said: “The FA is aware of the matter in question and is looking into it.”
As part of the investigation, the FA have a six person integrity team which looks into betting cases as well as monitoring social media activity. FA sources meanwhile have also suggested that they believed that neither Xhaka or any other member of the Arsenal squad did not anything wrong and have reassured the club that is their belief.
The Swiss international has developed a reputation for his poor disciplinary record, having been booked or sent off in more than a quarter of the games he has played for the Gunners.
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