Aussie A-League ends Davila contract over match-fixing scandal

June 25 – Australian A-League club Macarthur has terminated the contract of captain Ulises Davila on the same day the Mexican midfielder appeared in court over allegations he helped to lead a match-fixing scandal.

Davila signed a two-year contract extension with the club earlier this year but was arrested in May over his alleged involvement in a scheme where Macarthur players were to deliberately receive yellow cards.

The club issued a two-line statement Monday saying Davila’s contract had been terminated by “mutual” agreement.

Davila appeared in court for the first time on Monday. Police allege he was the link between Macarthur players and a South American group orchestrating the plan.

Davila has not entered a plea. Two other Macarthur players have been charged by police in relation to the claims. All three players are on bail.

New Zealand international Clayton Lewis, who remains contracted to the Sydney club, is due to appear in court on Thursday.

Police say the betting scheme led to hundreds of thousands of dollars being paid out. Investigators says the yellow cards were manipulated during A-League games played on November 24 and December 9.

Macarthur played out a 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory in the first of those matches before beating Sydney FC 2-0 in the second.

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