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Leigh Griffiths arrested by police after having his home raided early morning

Leigh Griffiths was arrested by police on Thursday after having his home raided early morning as part of a probe into gambling in sport.

The 32-year-old former Wolves, Celtic, Hibs player was later released without charge pending further inquiries after his home was searched by detectives in the raid.

Officers were sent to the £675,000 mansion in Bothwell, Lanarkshire, at around 7am with more than 10 cops attended the property, before taking him to the London Road police station based in Glasgow.

Despite police confirming the arrest, Griffiths claims he wasn’t and has denied any wrong doing. He declined to discuss the subject of the questioning.

Three of them and eight from CID are said to have been part of the search of the property, which is currently up for sale.

The operation is understood to have lasted for around two-and-a-half hours, with the police leaving the scene at around 9.30am.

Uniformed officers could be seen shining their torches into vehicles parked on the quiet cul-de-sac with sources saying neighbours in the area were shocked by the heavy police presence.

Police raided Griffiths' home at around 7am on Thursday morning

One insider said: “The street was full of police cars and a van. They were inside the house and searching the cars in the driveway.

“It was still dark and the police were using torches. Whatever they were doing, they weren’t discreet about it. It was chaotic. They were still there when people were going to work. We think Griffiths was inside the house when police arrived. His car was parked outside.”

Griffiths, who also played for the likes of Livingston, Dundee, Falkirk and made 22 appearances for Scotland, was arrested along with two other men including footballer Paul McGowan in linked raids. A 35-year-old and 37-year-old were detained following searches of properties in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, and Airdrie, Lanarkshire. They were also released without charge pending further inquiries.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Following a pre-planned police operation on Thursday, 1 December, three men, aged 37, 35 and 32, were arrested in the Bothwell, Bonnyrigg and Airdrie areas in connection with an investigation into alleged gambling incidents in sport. All three men were released without charge pending further enquiries.”

As mentioned, Paul McGowan was also quizzed by police over allegations of suspicious betting patterns in a game after concerns were flagged over betting patterns in a Scottish Premiership game between Dundee and Hearts on December 18 last year.

Both McGowan and Griffiths were booked in the match.

A statement said: “Dundee Football Club are aware of the ongoing Police Scotland investigation as reported in the media this morning.

“The club will support the authorities with their inquiries and will not be making any further statement at this time.”

This is what fans said with Leigh Griffiths arrested by police after having his home raided early morning with Paul McGowan also caught up in it all…

@DBuick22: Just when you think Leigh Griffiths can’t make an even bigger arse of himself, he somehow finds a way. The commitment to the gimmick is unrivalled.

@DeanMuir4: Happy Friday people 😆

@TerryMunro14: Leigh Griffiths and Paul McGowan. Whoever would have thought it? #celtic

@r0cketbaws: What were the odds on that?

@FarvaRangers: Ohh well, looks like he’s just fucked a chance at Morton 😂

@TylerHMFC: one of the soundest footballers I’ve ever met, only problem was his attitude he could have went far in football maybe played in the prem. he threw away his career.

@JamieeBlack: Listen griff doesny make things easy for himself but fuck me man , the police dont half put more time into daft shit like this , should be jailing half these robbing bastard mps

@wanderer1982: Morton fans been tipping off the police? 🤣🤣🤣

@CxllumRFC: Leigh Griffiths certainly doesn’t help himself these days 😂😂

@SaorAlbannach: Leigh Griffiths should be used as a cautionary tale to all young Scottish footballers. He had loads of talent, but no application or intelligence. All athletes need some level of education. The tolerance of ‘daft laddie’ behaviour often ends up like this.

@FairandOpen: Gambling’s sponsorship of football causes untold amounts of harm. It also threatens the integrity of the game we hold most dearly

@NotoriousBAG_: The least surprising story I’ve ever seen

@JamesL25: Oh Leigh Griffiths, Not again!

@paulwood1987: Guy doesn’t help himself does he

@Aarrynjackson96: Never a dull moment

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