Investigators uncover global soccer fixing scam

  • European investigators have uncovered evidence suggesting that hundreds of soccer matches have been fixed in a global betting scam run from Singapore.

    Around 680 matches including qualifying games for the World Cup and European Championships were identified in an inquiry by European police forces and the European anti-crime agency Europol.

    "This is a sad day for European football," said Rob Wainwright, director of Europol on Monday. "This is now an integrity issue for football. Those responsible for running the games should hear the warnings."

    The matches under investigation were played between 2008 and 2011. Some 380 of the matches were played in Europe and a further 300 took place in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

    Betting and organized crime linked to Asia has long been seen as a threat to the world’s most popular sport.

    Last year, it was estimated that $1 trillion was gambled on sport every year, equal to around $3 billion a day. Most of amount came from Asia and was wagered on soccer games.

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