Bail for man arrested in cricket 'fix' probe

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The owner of a Greater London football club who is at the centre of match-fixing allegations involving the Pakistan cricket team has been bailed without charge, police said.

Mazhar Majeed, 35, was arrested on Saturday as officers investigated claims that reporters paid a middleman £150,000 in return for exact details relating to play during the Lord's Test match.

Majeed is an owner of Croydon Athletic Football Club who play in the Ryman League.

A statement on the club website said: "Croydon Athletic Football Club were both devastated and appalled to hear of the alleged match-fixing of international cricket matches by its owner Mazhar Majeed. We await the guidance of the Ryman League in the next few weeks."

In a statement last night, Scotland Yard said Mr Majeed was bailed to appear before police at a future date.

Meanwhile, it emerged on Sunday that four Pakistan players, including captain Salman Butt, gave statements to police over the claims.

The allegations centre on the timing of "no balls" delivered during the latest Test match at Lord's.

But it was also suggested that other matches may have been "fixed". Up to 80 international Tests could form part of the police investigation, it was reported.

The Sun claimed that police in the UK were warned a month ago about alleged corruption relating to the first Test of the Pakistan tour, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed on Sunday confirmed that bowlers Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and wicket keeper Kamran Akmal joined Butt in being questioned by police.