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Huge soccer fixing uncovered

2013-02-04 15:30

The Hague - European investigators said on Monday they had identified some 680 suspicious soccer matches including World and European Cup qualifiers and Champions League games in a global match-fixing scandal spanning 2008-2011.

Europol head Rob Wainwright said the joint investigation had identified about 425 corrupt officials, players and serious criminals in 15 countries. The fixing, which was run out of Asia, had brought in at least €8m in proven profits.

The matches, some of which have already been subject to successful criminal prosecutions, were played between 2008 and 2011. About 380 of the suspicious matches were played in Europe, and a further 300 suspicious matches were identified in Africa, Asia, and south and central America.

German police described a global network involving couriers ferrying bribes of up to €100 000 per match around the world, paying off players and referees.

"We have evidence for 150 of these cases, and the operations were run out of Singapore with bribes of up to €100 000 paid per match," said Friedhelm Althans, chief investigator for police in the German city of Bochum.

Accomplices would then place bets on the internet or by phone with bookmakers in Asia, where bets that would be illegal in Europe were accepted.

"One fixed match might involve up to 50 suspects in 10 countries on separate continents," said Althans.

"Even two World Championship Qualification matches in Africa, and one in Central America, are under suspicion," Althans added.

Other matches fixed included World and European cup qualifying matches and top flight league matches in several European countries.

They also included two Champions League matches, including one played in Britain.

Investigators found that criminals from Asia also participated in the match fixing and that some of the fixed matches took place outside Europe.

Investigators said no names of players or clubs would be released while the investigation proceeded.

Reuters

Comments
  • squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-04 15:50

    How about the penalty phase of our Mali game - suspicious!

      arthur.salvado - 2013-02-04 17:22

      Now that you mention it squeegee. Possibly and likely. Soccer off my list thanks to a whole lot of crooks and players and officials and refs and the whole lot including officials, friends and family, wives and lovers . Sies julle.

      jono.qmann - 2013-02-04 18:43

      Fergie and ManPOO's unaccounted salary expenditure has been resolved!

      Vishen - 2013-02-04 22:11

      YSB....96....Not Enough!!

  • tbloew - 2013-02-04 16:03

    I suspect Chelsea's C.L final was fixed too.

  • thato.seloane - 2013-02-04 16:31

    Haau, I sommer thought this "tendency" was an African thing. Nothing immoral happens in Europe as us sheep are led to believe by the shepherds in this forum

      goyougoodthing - 2013-02-04 16:51

      There is this tendency wherever low-class people stick together.

  • goyougoodthing - 2013-02-04 16:45

    I don't believe there could ever be fixing in a game run and played by such gentlemen ...

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-02-04 17:19

    Please reinstate Lance Armstrong. His money is a pittance compared to soccer . I think I'm now going to watch 10 pin bowling (safe?) and Motorsport . Rugby under suspicion (?) or still to be disclosed. Cricket , I doubt that it's been cleaned. Horse racing ? Don't even go there. What is left on TV.Boxing has been crooked ever since . Wrestling is for fun and no one cares as long as one gets a laugh. What is left. Oh yes, I'll watch golf. What a sorry world we living in. No more soccer for me.

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2013-02-04 18:38

      Whenever there's big money to be made, this happens. Everywhere.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-04 20:38

    Please don't forget Daniel Bennet on your investigations!!

  • simbarashe.kwangwari - 2013-02-04 23:40

    Asiagate squeezing e whole world no sport is clean if its no dopin its fixin

  • alan.forbes.3344 - 2013-02-05 00:12

    I wonder when rugby will be found out cause clearly there is match fixing at both player and official level. Think of the try CJ passed to England on the year end tour was in 2010; Bryce Lawrence; in 2007 Dan could easily have taken a drop goal and put the Kiwis through; similarly Maureen was well place for an easy drop goal to save SA in 2011; where do you start investigating with Rugby and will the investigation ever end? Sports is dead I'm afraid. Bryce was like rugbys Ben Johnson, it was so obvious and now we know we are being played...

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