Maria Miller summons senior sports officials over spot-fixing

Maria Miller: Summit meeting

The government have held a summit meeting with sports officials to discuss the problem of spot-fixing.

Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, hosted the meeting in London today with representatives from football, tennis, cricket, rugby union and rugby league.

Blackburn striker DJ Campbell is the most high-profile player to be arrested, while Sam and Akpo Sodje, along with their businessman brother Steven, are also under investigation.

Oldham midfielder Cristian Montano was also arrested, along with Tranmere defender Ian Goodison, with all six bailed until April.

But former FA compliance officer Graham Bean feels football's governing body should have acted sooner to address the problem.

Bean held the post until 2003 and he believes the FA should have set up an independent anti-corruption unit a long time ago.

"Unfortunately, the FA has been caught sleeping. It has been brought to the fore once again by journalists and the police, as opposed to FA investigators," he told Sky Sports News.

Oldham winger Cristian Montano is the latest player to be named in connection with football spot-fixing allegations.

"In reality, I don't think the FA is capable of addressing this sort of problem. I don't think they have the investigative ability to deal with issues such as this.

"Rick Parry, when he was chairman of the Sporting Integrity Commission, recommended that a separate Sporting Integrity Unit should be set up and yet nothing has been done about that.

"The FA has fiddled while Rome has burned.

"Rick Parry should be listened to and a unit should be set up, completely independent from the FA, funded by government, to allow football to be investigated in the way it should be to allow match-fixing and spot-fixing to be addressed."

Campbell incurred a yellow card in the Championship clash against Ipswich last week - an incident which is believed to be at the centre of police enquiries.

Montano was filmed claiming that he agreed to get himself booked in return for cash, although he failed to incur a yellow card in the fixture against Wolves in October.

A Blackburn statement read: "Following reports in the national media, Blackburn Rovers can confirm that striker DJ Campbell has been arrested. The club will be making no further comment on what is now an ongoing legal matter."

Speaking at a press conference, Oldham boss Lee Johnson confirmed Montano was being questioned and had been suspended without pay.

Lee also revealed he had rewritten his match programme notes for Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Chesterfield to reflect the mood at the club.

He said: "There's no place for any kind of match fixing. It's too beautiful a game for that.

"We've got to stamp it out. We have to remove people from the game that could ruin it."

The Professional Footballers' Association said: "These allegations, if proven, unfortunately demonstrate the real issue football faces in terms of corruption and highlights the necessity of the work carried out by the PFA and other stakeholders in the game in educating players of these risks.

"We take the issue of integrity very seriously and will continue in our efforts to eradicate this evil from our game."

Portsmouth have confirmed a meeting will be held with their players on Tuesday in the wake of the allegations towards Sam Sodje.

Chief executive Mark Catlin said: "All you can do is check the people around you, notice anything suspicious and inform the players how serious an issue this is.

"We will be doing that tomorrow (Tuesday) as a club, speaking to the players and saying we have to be self-policing. If anyone sees or hears anything suspicious it's not a case of dropping a friend in it, it's about upholding the integrity of the sport.

"Things like this need to be dealt with internally. The people who will root this out are the players, the managers and the people within football."