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Blackburn consider DJ’s future

Blackburn Rovers held talks Monday over the future of DJ Campbell after the forward became the most high-profile player arrested in connection with a spot-fixing investigation in English football.

Campbell was among the six men who were detained on Sunday after remarks allegedly made by Sam Sodje, a former Brentford, Charlton Athletic and Portsmouth player, to an undercover newspaper reporter.

Five of those arrested by the National Crime Agency (NCA) were bailed on Sunday evening until April 2014, as was the sixth Monday after questioning by officers.

Five of the six men arrested are footballers: Sam Sodje, the 34-year-old former Nigeria defender, who is without a club after his release by Portsmouth; his brother, Akpo Sodje, 33, who plays for Tranmere Rovers; Ian Goodison, the 41-year-old Tranmere Rovers and former Jamaica defender; Christian Montano, the 21-year-old Oldham Athletic forward; and Campbell, 32, who represented England at semi-professional level.

After five of the men were bailed on Sunday until April, a follow-up statement from the NCA Monday said: “The sixth individual was released on bail until April 2014.”

The investigation relates to allegations of a “spot-fixing” culture whereby players can earn money illegally by carrying out specific actions during a match.

Sodje claimed to an undercover reporter, who was posing as a middleman representing an Asian betting syndicate, that he had earned 70,000 after being sent off for punching Jose Baxter in the groin during Portsmouth’s 0-1 defeat by Oldham last February.

Football Association general secretary Alex Horne has admitted the game has a lot to learn from cricket when it comes to combating match-fixing and spot-fixing.