380 European soccer games suspected of being fixedBy Mason White 1:54 PM February 4, 2013
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By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) Hundreds of European soccer games are now suspected of being fixed before the game even started, according to press reports in Europe.
A broad game fixing investigation has uncovered more than 380 suspected game fixing situations including the World Cup qualifiers and European Championships and two Champions League. The investigation also found evidence that a criminal group based in Singapore is deeply involved in the game fixing.
“This is a sad day for European football,” Rob Wainwright, director of the European Union police organization Europol, said Monday, referring to the sport called soccer in the United States. He said the investigation uncovered “game fixing activity on a scale we have not seen before.”
The probe discovered about $10.9 million in profits from bets on $2.7 million in bribes paid to players and officials. Police have already charged several suspects in the case.
Wainwright said that the involvement of organized crime, “is a big problem for the integrity of football in Europe.”
He said a criminal network based in Singapore was involved in the game fixing, spending up to $136,500 for each game to bribe players and officials.
Wainwright, other officials and prosecutors refused to identify any of the suspects, the players or the parties involved, citing ongoing investigations.
He said that while many fixed games were known, the Europol investigation lifted the lid of widespread participation and organized crime in rigging the games.
“This is the first time we have established substantial evidence that organized crime is operating in the world of football,” he said.
Wainwright said there is now a concerted effort throughout the world of football to tackle the corruption.
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