DOZENS of referees, players and public officials have been rounded up as part of the investigation into a conspiracy against big Premier League clubs.
The probe began amid evidence that the complaints of managers Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are not pathetic, childish whinging designed to deflect from their own abject failures.
Police now believe there is a concerted plot involving a vast network to ensure that big clubs do not win every single game in which they were involved.
Detective Inspector Tom Booker said: “We found evidence of players trying especially hard when playing against, for example, Chelsea.
“Bradford City in the FA Cup was a particular example. Would Bradford have played like that against Torquay? It is all very fishy.”
Meanwhile, Booker stressed there was no conspiracy against Liverpool because they are just very bad at football.