Six men have been arrested by UK authorities as part of an investigation into alleged match-fixing involving several football games in the UK.

According to the National Crime Agency, the national law enforcement agency in the UK which replaced the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the six men were arrested as part a crackdown on an illegal international betting syndicate.

Three footballers and an agent are reported to be among the six arrested. The agent has been named as Delroy Facey, a former footballer who had played in the Premier League.

In a statement this morning, The FA, the UK governing body for football, said that it had been made aware of a number of arrests in relation to the National Crime Agency investigation.

“We have worked closely with the authorities in relation to these allegations,” said the FA. “The FA will make no further comment at this time due to ongoing investigations.”

The arrests followed a sting operation set up by UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph, with undercover reporters secretly filming a fixer from Singapore who claimed he could fix lower league football games in the UK for £50,000.

The newspaper said that it uncovered claims of footballers paid to fix a scoreline as well as to take a yellow card.

No Premiership clubs are said to be involved in the scandal.