Macarthur Bulls captain Ulises Dávila one of three A-League players arrested in bombshell betting corruption allegations

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Three A-League stars from nan Macarthur Bulls – including skipper Ulises Davila - were arrested connected Friday morning, pursuing an investigation by nan Organised Crime Squad into alleged betting corruption nether Strike Force Beaconview.

Investigations revealed a elder subordinate – believed to beryllium Davila, 33, - was allegedly taking instructions from a man – believed to beryllium offshore successful South America – to organise for yellowish cards to hap during definite games successful speech for profit.

Police will allege Davila successfully controlled nan number of cautions – which are fixed to players by a referee for foul play – during a lucifer against Melbourne Victory connected November 24, and a lucifer against Sydney FC connected December 9.


The 2 different players from Macarthur allegedly caught up successful nan betting corruption ringing are yet to beryllium named.

Police besides confirmed grounded attempts astatine yellowish paper manipulation were besides made during games connected April 20 and May 4.

Macarthur Bulls skipper Ulises Dávila has been named arsenic 1 of nan 3 A-League players arrested over betting corruption allegations

The Mexican calved prima joined nan Bulls successful 2021 from A-League rivals Wellington Phoenix

Following extended inquiries, astir 6am connected Friday, onslaught unit detectives – pinch assistance from Central Metropolitan Region Operational Support Group, Odin – executed a hunt warrant successful South Coogee, wherever they arrested a 33-year-old man.

He was taken to Mascot Police Station, wherever he is expected to beryllium charged pinch 2 counts of prosecute successful behaviour that corrupts a betting result of an event, and 2 counts of facilitate successful behaviour that corrupts a betting result of an event.

Simultaneously, onslaught unit detectives – pinch assistance from Raptor Squad, Bass Hill Region Enforcement Squad, and North West Metropolitan Operational Support Group – executed 3 different hunt warrants successful Parramatta, West Hoxton and Emu Plains successful Sydney's west.

At nan Parramatta address, detectives arrested a 27-year-old man. 

He was taken to Parramatta Police Station, wherever he is expected to beryllium charged pinch prosecute successful behaviour that corrupts a betting result of an event.

In West Hoxton, detectives arrested a 32-year-old man. He was taken to Campbelltown Police Station, wherever he is expected to beryllium charged pinch prosecute successful behaviour that corrupts a betting result of an event.

Organised Crime Squad detectives are moving pinch nan Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Sports Integrity Australia, Football Australia, Australian Professional Leagues, and nan NSW Crime Commission arsenic inquiries continue.

No charges person been laid astatine this stage.

Three A-League players were arrested connected Friday morning, pursuing an investigation by nan Organised Crime Squad into alleged betting corruption nether Strike Force Beaconview (stock image)

The trio of shot players are each based successful Sydney (stock image)

Davila joined Macarthur successful 2021 from A-League rivals Wellington Phoenix, and is wide regarded arsenic 1 of nan champion players successful nan competition.

The Mexican calved attacking midfielder was connected nan books of Chelsea from 2011 to 2015, but grounded to make a elder quality for nan Blues.

After leaving England, Devila became a shot nomad, plying his waste and acquisition successful Holland, Spain, Portugal, Mexico and India earlier making nan move to New Zealand successful 2019.

Football Australia released a connection connected Friday surrounding nan arrests.

'Football Australia has been made alert of nan arrests of 3 A-League Men players this morning, pursuing an investigation by nan NSW Police Force Organised Crime Squad into alleged betting corruption nether Strike Force Beaconview. The arrested players are expected to look tribunal this afternoon.

'The allegations pertain to yellowish paper manipulation by players associated pinch a south-western Sydney shot club, pinch incidents reportedly occurring during games played connected 24 November 2023, 9 December 2023, 20 April 2024, and 4 May 2024.

'Football Australia is afloat cooperating pinch nan Organised Crime Squad, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Sport Integrity Australia and nan NSW Crime Commission successful this matter.

'Football Australia will supply nary further comments astatine this shape arsenic nan investigation is ongoing.'

The Australian Professional Leagues (APL) past released their ain connection connected nan matter.

'The APL is alert of nan arrests of 3 A-League players by NSW Police arsenic a consequence of world rule enforcement coordination focussed connected betting corruption related to alleged yellowish paper manipulation successful games.

'The activity to protect nan integrity of our crippled must beryllium unwavering and we are liaising intimately pinch each applicable agencies connected this matter. Given nan ongoing quality of nan investigation and Police enquiries we are incapable to remark further astatine this time.'


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