THE Scottish Football Association have been asked by bookmakers to look into suspicious betting patterns flagged up in Hearts’ 1-0 Premiership win over Dundee at Dens Park at the weekend.

Several gambling firms have now raised concerns over a number of bets placed on yellow cards for home players, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

First-team stars Max Anderson, Paul McGowan, Danny Mullen and on-loan Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths were booked by referee Willie Collum.

Leading bookies have agreements with the SFA to exchange any intelligence on irregular betting patterns surrounding Scottish football.

And suspicions over the sums staked on bookings on the Tynecastle side’s visit to Tayside have now been referred to the SFA Security and Integrity unit.

Should any evidence of insider betting be uncovered, the matter will be handed over to the SFA’s compliance officer to consider disciplinary proceedings and a Notice of Complaint.

Bookmakers have yet to rule out a complaint to Police Scotland or potential criminal action.

The SFA’s task force is chaired by Security and Integrity officer Martin Stolarek, who tackles any issues relating to match fixing and is tasked with increasing awareness and education amongst clubs, players, coaches and officials.

A late goal from Jamie Walker gave Robbie Neilson’s third-placed side the points.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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