Arsenal: Investigators probing Xhaka’s booking told of criminal conspiracy involving Albanian mafia

EXCLUSIVE: Granit Xhaka BOMBSHELL as investigators probing Arsenal star’s suspicious reserving towards Leeds in December are informed of a attainable legal conspiracy involving the Albanian mafia

  • FA inquiry into Granit Xhaka’s reserving was handed on to National Crime Agency
  • FA’s investigation was triggered by suspicious betting patterns that emerged 
  • Xhaka was booked by referee Andre Marriner for time-wasting in Arsenal win 
  • Evidence found of sums being wagered in cryptocurrency in markets

Investigators probing Granit Xhaka’s reserving in Arsenal’s Premier League win at Leeds final season are trying into an alleged legal conspiracy involving the Albanian mafia and an ex-professional footballer who has been convicted of match-fixing.

Sportsmail revealed in June that the FA’s inquiry into Xhaka’s weird yellow card for time losing final December was handed on to the National Crime Agency, who lead the UK’s combat towards critical and organised crime.

The FA’s investigation was triggered by suspicious betting patterns that emerged in direction of the tip of Arsenal’s 4-1 win at Elland Road, with £52,000 staked on Xhaka being booked within the closing 10 minutes of the sport.

Xhaka was booked by referee Andre Marriner within the 86th minute as he delayed taking a free-kick, regardless of the very fact Arsenal have been successful 4-1 and in full management of the sport. 

Video footage of the incident reveals the midfielder standing over the ball deep in his personal half for round 20 seconds earlier than being booked.

The unusually excessive quantity of buying and selling on betting trade Betfair could have been simply the tip of the iceberg.

Investigators probing Granit Xhaka's booking in Arsenal's win over Leeds last season are looking into an alleged criminal conspiracy

Investigators probing Granit Xhaka’s reserving in Arsenal’s win over Leeds final season are trying into an alleged legal conspiracy

Xhaka was booked by referee Andre Marriner (above) for time-wasting in the 86th minute

Xhaka was booked by referee Andre Marriner (above) for time-wasting within the 86th minute

Sportsmail has been informed the NCA investigators have found proof of serious sums being wagered in cryptocurrency in markets that aren’t regulated on this nation, with a lot of the exercise understood to have taken place in Albania.

The NCA are additionally trying into claims that Alban Jusufi, a Swedish-Albanian striker given a five-year ban for match-fixing by the Swedish courts in 2017, made large sums by betting on Xhaka to be booked. 

The 41-year-old was discovered responsible of bribing AIK goalkeeper Kyriakos Stamatopoulos £150,000 to underperform forward of a derby towards IFK Gothenburg in 2017. Sweden’s FA postponed the fixture after the match-fixing was reported.

Xhaka, anticipated to start out for Arsenal at Crystal Palace on Friday evening, was born in Basel and performs for Switzerland however is happy with his Albanian heritage. His older brother Taulant gained 31 caps for the nation.

During the 2018 World Cup, Xhaka was fined by FIFA for making a hand gesture to represent the Albanian national symbol of an eagle

During the 2018 World Cup, Xhaka was fined by FIFA for making a hand gesture to characterize the Albanian nationwide image of an eagle

Xhaka, 29, was fined by FIFA on the 2018 World Cup for making a hand gesture to characterize the Albanian image of an eagle in Switzerland’s 2-1 win over Serbia.

There is not any suggestion of wrongdoing on his half, neither is it clear who could also be implicated in any conspiracy.

Arsenal and the FA declined to touch upon Thursday evening. It is known they haven’t acquired any latest updates from the investigating staff.

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