THE HAGUE: A wide-ranging match-fixing investigation has uncovered more than 380 suspicious matches – including World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and two Champions League games – and found evidence that a Singapore-based crime group is closely involved in match-fixing.
Rob Wainwright, head of the European Union police organization Europol, said today the investigation uncovered ‘match-fixing activity on a scale never seen before.’
The probe uncovered $10.9 million in betting profits and $2.7 million in bribes to players and officials and has already led to several prosecutions.
Wainwright said the involvement of organized crime ‘highlights a big problem for the integrity of football in Europe.’
He said a Singapore-based criminal network was involved in the match fixing, spending up to $136,500 per match to bribe players and officials.