Match-Fixing Scandal Stuns Soccer World

Match-Fixing Scandal Stuns Soccer World

Football: Europol investigators claimed today that over 680 football matches across the world have been fixed.

 

In startling revelations, European police said that 380 matches in Europe had been rigged, including a Champions League tie played in England.

 

They added that they had uncovered an organised crime syndicate based in Asia that was running the operation.

 

In addition, Europol allege that 425 match officials, club officials, players, and serious criminals from more than 15 countries are suspected of being involved in attempts to fix matches.

 

Following an 18-month investigation, Europol said they suspect matches that included World Cup and European Championship qualifiers, two Champions League ties and “several top football matches in European leagues.”

 

Fifty people have been arrested so far, but officials said they believe this is the “tip of the iceberg.”

 

“This is the work of a suspected organised crime syndicate based in Asia and operated with criminal networks around Europe,” Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol, said.

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