Monday February 4 2013
‘380 football games fixed’ - Europol

A match fixing probe by police in Europe claims that the outcome of 380 matches have been rigged by criminals.

Rob Wainwright, the chief of the European Union’s law enforcement agency Europol, today revealed that over 400 match officials, club directors, players and criminals are suspected of wrong-doing.

Europol believe that a betting syndicate in Asia has masterminded the manipulation of domestic, European and international games.

Among the encounters being examined are World Cup and European Championship qualifiers, as well as a Champions League game which was played in England.

“We have uncovered an extensive criminal network,” Wainwright noted at a Press conference in The Hague. “On a scale that we have not seen before.

“This is the work of a suspected organised crime syndicate based in Asia and operated with criminal networks around Europe.

“It is clear to us this is the biggest-ever investigation into suspected match-fixing in Europe.

“It has yielded major results which we think have highlighted a big problem for the integrity of football in Europe.”

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