Wolves game caught up in football spot-fixing probe

Wolves were today caught up in a gambling storm after an opponent was accused of spot-fixing during a recent game at Molineux.

Cristian Montano, of Oldham Athletic allegedly attempted to get booked during a match against Wolves in return for cash.
Cristian Montano, of Oldham Athletic allegedly attempted to get booked during a match against Wolves in return for cash.

Oldham Athletic forward Cristian Montano is one of six people arrested by police as part of a match-fixing probe. Five have been bailed.

Video footage allegedly shows Mr Montano subsequently apologising and explaining his actions to one-time West Bromwich Albion loan defender Sam Sodje at a Manchester hotel.

Mr Sodje is alleged to have been the fixer at the centre of the alleged scam, which sees betting syndicates wager on cautions. Mr Sodje also allegedly told how he punched an opponent in the groin while playing for Portsmouth during a game against Oldham to get sent off in exchange for £70,000.

Sam Sodje
Sam Sodje playing for West Brom in 2007

Blackburn Rovers and former Birmingham City striker DJ Campbell was also arrested along with Ian Goodison, Akpo Sodje and Stephen Sodje.

Colombian attacker Montano, 21, is alleged to have tried to get booked in exchange for cash in the first half of Wolves’ League One game against Oldham on October 22, which Wolves won 2-0.

He was eventually yellow-carded in the second half. Father-of-one Montano has been suspended without pay by Oldham.

Mr Montano allegedly told an undercover reporter: “From minute one I was hacking people down. People running past me and I would go clip. I run against one player and barged him.”

Oldham manager Lee Johnson said today: “Anybody who saw that TV report will have been devastated and sick to their stomachs. However, we have to let the authorities do their job.”

Wolves said the matter was one for Oldham.