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Football in the dock?

The Football Association are investigating Norwich's Championship clash with Derby earlier this month after bookmakers detected a "massive movement" in betting in Asia at around half-time.

It's an incident which has come out of the blue and one which has not struck these shores since the Hans Segers, Bruce Grobbelaar and John Fashanu match-fixing trial in 1994.

The October 4 match ended in a 2-1 victory to the resurgent visitors with Rob Hulse on target giving Derby a 1-0 half-time lead before Derby keeper Roy Carroll was sent-off - allowing Sammy Clingan to equalise from the spot.

But the focus will surely surround the winning goal on 85 minutes when Nathan Ellington, due to a mix-up between keeper David Marshall and Adam Drury, was presented with the easiest of chances to roll the ball into the net.

It looked at the very best clumsy and is sure to come under scrutiny from the FA as they attempt to resolve the allegations put to them by the Daily Telegraph.

Two Norfolk MPs on Wednesday night put down questions to Culture Secretary Andy Burnham, demanding to know what discussions had been held with the FA to clear the matter up.

Both clubs say they have not yet had any contact from the FA and are making no further comment at this stage.