Report: Europol uncovers massive soccer match-fixing scandal

Feb 4, 2013 |
An investigation by Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency that handles criminal intelligence, has revealed a massive soccer match-fixing scandal that has affected over 600 games across the globe.

At least 425 people from more than 15 countries — including club and match officials, and current and former players — are suspected of conspiring in nearly 700 matches in recent years, according to a report by the New York Times.

Those matches included qualifying games for the World Cup, European Cup, and two Champions League matches, including one in England.

A single criminal group based in Asia is behind most of the identified match-fixing and an international arrest warrant has been issued seeking the extradition of the ringleader to Europe to face fraud and bribery charges. The group paid 100,000 euros ($136,500 U.S.) per match to bribe players and officials.

There are no instances of fixed games in the MLS according to the report. But there has been reported incidents in the CONCACAF Champions League, a tournament in which MLS teams participate.

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