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Old 02-04-2013, 02:29 AM   #1
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Unprecedented Soccer Match Fixing

Was just at the gym and the story is currently Live on the news switch to BBC et al.

you can watch it live here BBC News - Europol news conference on match fixing


Organized Crime based in Asia supposedly


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Match-fixing: Champions League tie played in England 'was fixed'

A Champions League tie played in England is one of 380 matches across Europe investigators say was fixed.

European police did not reveal the identity of the match they believe was corrupt in England.
But Europol did say that they had uncovered an organised crime syndicate based in Asia that was co-ordinating the operation.

Some 425 match officials, club officials, players and criminals are suspected of being involved.

At a news conference in The Hague, Netherlands, Europol claimed:
The fixed Champions League tie in England took place in "last three or four years";
The identity of that match cannot be revealed due to "ongoing judicial proceedings";

Other "corrupt" matches included World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and "several top football matches in European leagues";
In Germany-based matches alone, criminals wagered £13.8m (16m euros) on rigged matches and made £6.9m in profits
Officials fear this is as the "tip of the iceberg".

Rob Wainwright, director of Europol - the European Union's law enforcement agency, said:"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 uncovered a big problem for the integrity of football in Europe.
"We have uncovered an extensive criminal network."

Europol, which has been investigating for 18 months, said suspected matches included World Cup and European Championship qualifiers, two Champions League ties and "several top football matches in European leagues".

In addition to the £13.8m wagered on Germany-based matches, payments of £1.73m are thought to have been paid to those involved. The biggest payment to an individual was £121,000, according to investigators.

Europol believes a crime syndicate based in Asia was liaising with criminal networks throughout Europe. It believes match-fixing has taken place in 15 countries and 50 people have so far been arrested.

In total, 30 countries and close to 700 matches worldwide were examined. Many of the allegations involved matches in lower divisions around Europe.

Criminal convictions have been secured in Germany, Finland, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria following investigations.

Asked specifically about the allegations surrounding the Champions League tie held in England, Wainwright declined to identify the match because of "ongoing judicial proceedings".

However he did say it happened in the last three to four years, before adding: "The focus has been on other countries, not the United Kingdom. However we were surprised by the scale generally of the criminal enterprise and just how widespread it was.

"It would be naive and complacent of those in the UK to think such a criminal conspiracy does not involve the English game and all the football in Europe."
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Match-fixing revenues comparable to global firms - Interpol

Match-fixing in football today generates "hundreds of billions of euros per year" around the world, the head of Interpol has warned.

Secretary General Ronald Noble said revenues from illegal betting were "on the same scale as a Coca-Cola company".

He was speaking in Rome at a conference with the world football governing body Fifa on how to deal with the issue.

Both sides talked about the need for education targeting those vulnerable to the pressure of the fixers.

'Many-headed dragon'
Mr Noble said that criminal networks were not only benefiting from the profits of match-fixing, but were also able to launder their illegally earned cash.

He said that no country was immune, citing Canada as an example.


Although football in the North American nation was a very minor sport run by volunteers, even there players were often approached to fix games, he said.

"Match-fixing is clearly a many-headed dragon that we must slay with a co-ordinated national and international effort."
^^ an older article (couple weeks)

BBC News - Match-fixing revenues comparable to global firms - Interpol
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Cash is king, I'm not surprised. I don't like soccer and part of me wants to pile on but I'm willing to bet it happens in every single sport to one extent or another.
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We live in a crooked world.... For centuries, and nowadays these things turn up as scandals... They justify the fact they spent millions on some task force to investigate all this and put these people in jails.

3 years later there is a new head honcho, new scheme, new crooks aaaaaand new task force that's gonna investigate another 10 years to put them in jails
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maybe luongo got payed off early on after his big contract with us
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sounds more like officials rather than players were paid off which could help explain some excessive insane calls in some games
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anyone that wants to know anything about match fixing in soccer should read "The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime" by Declan Hill.

You will never look at another football match in the same light again after reading this book. Every decision by the referees, bad plays by players, questionable subs by managers and you will start asking yourself whether there's a fix in or not.

Beautiful game when played well, but really rife with corruption to its core. Really unfortunate.
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this is just one example .. there is so many more games that are set up
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anyone that wants to know anything about match fixing in soccer should read "The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime" by Declan Hill.

You will never look at another football match in the same light again after reading this book. Every decision by the referees, bad plays by players, questionable subs by managers and you will start asking yourself whether there's a fix in or not.

Beautiful game when played well, but really rife with corruption to its core. Really unfortunate.
Heard his interview on 1040 this morning, what he did was extremely ballsy

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