Court documents reveal more names in men’s A-League betting investigation

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More Macarthur FC players have been named in connection with the police investigation into an alleged illegal betting scheme on men’s A-League matches.

Macarthur players Matthew Millar and Jed Drew were named in court documents as participants in the alleged plot to receive yellow cards in return for payment though neither has been charged.

The documents became public when Macarthur player Kearyn Baccus appeared in Campbelltown Local Court on Thursday May 30, 2024, and was remanded on bail till June 24 without plea.

Baccus, club captain Ulises Davila and teammate Clayton Lewis face charges of engaging in conduct that corrupts a betting outcome.

Davila and Lewis are yet to plead to the charges. Davila next appears in court on June 24, while All Whites midfielder Lewis is due to appear on June 27.

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Ulises Davila.
Clayton Lewis.
Kearyn Baccus.

After the latest court appearance by Baccus, Football Australia said they had been contacted by police and told Drew was not a suspect.

In a statement, Football Australia said: “Following the court appearance of player Kearyn Baccus this morning, Football Australia acknowledges the inquiries regarding the potential involvement of other Macarthur FC players in the betting allegations, specifically, inquiries have been made about players Jed Drew and Matthew Millar.

“We have been informed by the State Crime Command Organised Crime Squad that the investigation, known as Strike Force Beaconview, is ongoing. It is important to note that player Jed Drew is not regarded as a suspect and is currently not under investigation.

“Football Australia takes these matters seriously and is committed to cooperating fully with the authorities.”

Millar (27) joined Macarthur in 2022 from Scottish Premiership club St Mirren, having previously played for Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets, and a loan spell with English League One club Shrewsbury Town.

Drew (20) is an Australian age group international, and the son of former rugby league player Brad Drew.

Investigators allege the offences involve yellow cards issued in Macarthur A-League fixtures played on November 24 and December 9.

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