The yellow card awarded to Arsenal star Granit Zaka has been at the center of a betting investigation.
The 29-year-old midfielder was booked for wasting time in the 88th minute of a Premier League match.
The FA said bookmakers had alerted them to suspicious betting patterns surrounding the incident and that they would look into the matter. None of the players are being investigated.
Xaka was cautioned by referee André Mariner for delaying taking a free-kick during the Gunners’ 4–1 win at Leeds on 18 December.
A video circulating online shows Zaka being urged to take a free-kick by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and the referee.
The bookies were alerted when a punter placed a £65,000 bet on him, who had been booked into the game, winning a payout of £250,000.
A betting source said: “This bet was flagged for all bookmakers because it was so big and it paid off. The investigation is looking at the bet rather than Xhaka’s behavior– it was unusual for him to have a card. Not there.”
The Swiss international will miss today’s Premier League match against Burnley after receiving a red card in the Carabao Cup against Liverpool.
He has taken 46 yellow cards and four red cards in his 171 Premier League matches.
Arsenal declined to comment.
Brentford’s Premier League game was postponed for nearly 20 minutes yesterday after an “unofficial drone” flew over a stadium in West London.