Drew McGowan, from Paisley, tweeted around 11am on the morning of the match ‘The Nigerian Football Association have been accused of match-fixing ahead of their 2-2 draw with Scotland tonight’.
McGowan, who describes himself as a publicity officer for the SNP’s student wing, was poking fun at the news that police were investigating attempts to fix the results of the friendly match, played as part of Nigeria’s warm-up for the 2014 World Cup.
It is understood there were concerns at betting patterns in Asian markets, which seemed to be targeting some international friendly games scheduled for Wednesday evening.
There was no suggestion that players from either Scotland or Nigeria were involved, but the National Crime Agency spoke to the SFA’s security officer, Peter McLaughlin, to make him aware of its concerns, while bookmakers were also warned to be on the lookout for any suspicious activit.
Following Uche Nwofor’s late goal to tie the game at 2-2, McGowan tweeted: “Well, this is awkward... I am now, myself, at the centre of an investigation into match fixing..”
As of 10.45pm, the comment had been retweeted over 600 times, with a number of responses including: “How much did you have on?” and others thanking him for the tip.