All White Clayton Lewis will plead not guilty to corrupt betting charges

New Zealand international Clayton Lewis will fight criminal charges alleging he took part in a corrupt betting scheme while playing for A-League club Macarthur.

Lewis (27) appeared in the Downing Centre Local Court, Sydney, on Thursday July 4, 2024, accused of corrupting betting outcomes and that he took part in a criminal group.

During Lewis’ court appearance, his lawyer, Zemarai Khatiz, said his client would fight the allegations.

“I’m instructed Mr Lewis will defend this charge, entering a plea of not guilty,” he told the court.

He and teammates Ulises Davila (33) and Kearyn Baccus (32) are on bail and will appear in court on August 22 when police are expected to present a brief of evidence against the trio.

The allegations claim Macarthur players deliberately incurred yellow cards during A-League matches so gamblers could land large bets on the number of cautions during those matches.

Lewis is accused of deliberately getting yellow-carded in a December fixture against Sydney FC, and knowing he was corrupting betting by doing so.

He is also charged with participating in a criminal group with four players.

This story was first published on July 4, 2024.

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