AFL umpire arrested in Brownlow betting scandal

An AFL umpire has been arrested. Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images

An AFL umpire has been arrested in relation to a Victoria Police investigation which uncovered suspicious betting activity during the 2022 Brownlow Medal count.

The unnamed umpire is one of four people who were arresetd by police after an investigation found unusual activity linked to round-by-round betting at this year's count.

AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon said the league alerted authorities as soon as they were made aware of suspicious activity by one of the AFL's gambling partners.

"In the days following the 2022 Brownlow Medal count, the AFL was made aware of potential suspicious activity by one of our betting agency partners and the AFL Integrity unit immediately gathered further information," he said.

"Given the nature of the alleged activity we engaged Sports Integrity Australia and Victoria Police to assist with the matter.

"I want to stress that neither Victoria Police, nor the AFL have information to suggest that the outcome of the Brownlow Medal was impacted as the allegations relate solely to the leaking or improper communication of the 3,2,1 voting outcomes of some specific matches during the season.

"Post-game, the Brownlow votes are sealed and stored in a secure off-site location and not opened until they are delivered on stage on Brownlow night. The sealed vote cards are audited throughout the season by KPMG."