Four Tayside men have been arrested following what is understood to be a probe into alleged illegal gambling on a Scottish football match.
Police confirmed the men, one aged 22 and the others aged 24, were arrested and charged in connection with offences under the Gambling Act 2005 in Montrose last week.
It is understood one of the men charged is Elgin City forward Kane Hester, who moved to the club from Arbroath in the summer.
However, police did not identify any of the men involved or confirm the fixture in question.
A spokesman for the Scottish Football Association (SFA) declined to comment on the matter as it is a live criminal case.
A police spokeswoman said: “Four men, one aged 22 years and the others aged 24 years, were arrested and charged in Montrose on Wednesday August 28 following a planned police operation.
“The arrests were made in connection with offences under the Gambling Act 2005.
“A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal. It would be inappropriate to comment further.”
Last night Elgin City released a statement on their website where the club confirmed they were aware a player had been charged.