Ciaron Brown will be available for Oxford United this weekend, according to KARL Robinson..
Brown’s booking against Arsenal in the Emirates FA Cup is being investigated for alleged spot-fixing.
According to the Oxford Mail, the FA is aware of the situation and will conduct an investigation.
The FA has launched an investigation into suspicious betting patterns surrounding the FA Cup match on Monday night.
Brown was booked in the 59th minute after wrestling Eddie Nketiah to the ground in an attempt to regain possession of the ball while the U’s were on the attack and the score was still 0-0.
Mohamed Elneny powered home a header from Fabio Vieira’s cross four minutes after Brown was booked..
Nketiah’s brace ensured Arsenal’s progression to the fourth round, where they will face Manchester City.
United said in a statement that they will fully cooperate with any investigation into spot-fixing allegations.
“Oxford United can confirm that they have been made aware of a specific allegation of irregular betting surrounding our Emirates FA Cup game against Arsenal on Monday evening,” the club stated..
— Oxford Mail OUFC (@OxfordMailOUFC) January 12, 2023
“The club will fully cooperate with any investigation, and we are unable to make any further comment while this is ongoing.”
When asked if Brown would be available for tomorrow’s away trip to Fleetwood Town, U’s head coach Robinson replied, “Yeah, 100 percent.”
Robinson stated that the club will protect Brown while the FA investigates the spot-fixing allegations..
“We’ve had internal conversations with Ciaron about his own well-being and mental state at this time,” Robinson explained.
It will hurt him, and in our opinion, he is available and ready to perform.
“From a legal standpoint, there’s nothing else we can say.”
Brown, who joined United on a permanent basis in the summer, has arguably been the club’s player of the season thus far.
Northern Ireland international joined the U’s on loan from Cardiff City last January, but signed permanently after the Bluebirds released him.
Brown, a natural center half, has mostly played left back for United..
With the arrival of Hull City’s Brandon Fleming, who can play left back or left wing back, he faces increased competition for his place in the team.
“Last season was probably the first time I played that left wing back role, we had a good partnership down that left side at Hull with academy lads that I’ve grown up with,” Fleming said upon joining the U’s last week.
“Before that, it was mostly left back in a four, and I’m fine with both..