Victoria Police are reportedly set to dig deeper into the betting scandal that made headlines last month, with umpire Michael Pell front and centre in the ongoing investigation into suspicious Brownlow Medal bets at the 2022 count.

The umpire in question, Pell, was one of four men arrested in relation to irregular betting patterns on the AFL's night of nights, which sparked an immediate red flag with the agencies used.

This triggered an investigation by the Victorian Police into the insider trading knowhow of those involved, with a link found connecting Pell and the trio, who are all yet to be charged.

With Pell having served two full years in the umpiring ranks since joining in 2021, Victoria Police understand 10 games are the subject of concern in this investigation into the actions of the 32-year-old.

Reporting for Channel 9 Perth, Paddy Sweeney revealed the widened search has "officers now looking at betting patterns in the 2021 season – that's a year earlier than previously reported."

“What we now understand is games where umpire Pell was appointed as an emergency umpire in 2021, his first year on the AFL list, are also the focus of this police investigation," Sweeney said.

Two games throughout the 2022 season have reportedly come under scrutiny, as Pell was named emergency umpire in both circumstances where surprise vote getters polled maximum votes.

The Queen's birthday clash was circled as a potential eyebrow-raising game, with Brody Mihocek walking away with a three-vote-worthy performance according to those officiating in green.

That view was not shared by those voting on the Neale Daniher Trophy, where Clayton Oliver was the recipient, adjudged best afield narrowly edging out Magpie Mason Cox for the award.


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