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Report: Bookies fixed hundreds of soccer games

posted at 11:36 am on February 5, 2013 by

I’d call this point shaving, but there are hardly any points scored in soccer:

A new scandal is shaking up the sports world. This time, in soccer. There’s a probe into matches that were allegedly rigged. The investigation doesn’t single out any particular team, because the investigations are ongoing, but Asian gamblers are suspected of fixing hundreds of games.

It’s an ugly turn for what is known around the world as “the beautiful game.” Rob Wainwright, head of Europol, described an “extensive criminal network” involved in the alleged match-fixing.

The scandal is run, the police say, from the bookie shops of the Far East.

The popularity of the game in Asia has found the perfect partner in Asia’s other favorite sport — gambling. But it has arrangements with crime syndicates around the world. And the police have been keeping score. They’ve found 680 games where the outcomes were bent by betting, 380 of those games in Europe, the rest elsewhere in a total of 15 countries. At least 425 referees, club officials and players took bribes to affect the results.

Yikes!  That is a lot of people to be in on a conspiracy.

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Soccer downgraded to professional wrestling status.

BobMbx on February 5, 2013 at 11:51 AM

And, the Europeans, especially the French, didn’t like Lance Armstrong? Don’t get me wrong. I think what Armstrong did was dishonest and his consistant denial might deemed to be pathological.

SC.Charlie on February 5, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Crap. The Shanghai Deng Beetles aren’t going to cover… Quick, shut off half the lights in the stadium!

Gingotts on February 5, 2013 at 12:18 PM

I’m shocked, shocked to find out that there is gambling going on in this establishment!

Hey, maybe this Ray Lewis guy has something to do with it.

Or perhaps we should pass some laws outlawing game fixing. That’s the ticket! Because we all know that once a law is passed no one will violate it.

Where are the cheerleader pics?

Bubba Redneck on February 5, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Yikes! That is a lot of people to be in on a conspiracy.

Well, it would be in our country. We’re talking a billion people involved in this sport, Ed. 425 “referees, club officials and players” would be the equivalent of … one of each in American Football.

GWB on February 5, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Reason #1,218 why soccer is lame.

The beautiful game. Snort.

Missy on February 5, 2013 at 12:35 PM

That’s nothing compared to the NFL rigging the Super Bowl.

But perhaps I’ve said too much…

JohnGalt23 on February 5, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Who cares about soccer games? We just watched another rigged Super Bowl! It’s getting to the point of “why bother?” watching your team play all season, when Las Vegas owns the referees.

shanimal on February 5, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Yikes! That is a lot of people to be in on a conspiracy.

Yeah Congress & the Federal Govt are pretty amazingly corrupt aren’t they?
OH-you were talking about something else.

Badger40 on February 5, 2013 at 1:51 PM

What is this soccer you speak of?

Now.. don’t get me started on egg ball .

EnglishRogue on February 5, 2013 at 2:13 PM

I went to a riot one time, and a soccer game broke out.

Yeah, I’ll be here all week.

mojo on February 5, 2013 at 2:27 PM

I’m guessing they fixed it so whoever had 0-0 in the pot won, right?

jon1979 on February 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Who cares about soccer games? We just watched another rigged Super Bowl! It’s getting to the point of “why bother?” watching your team play all season, when Las Vegas owns the referees.

shanimal on February 5, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Err…yeah.
49er fan, huh?
Sore loser much?

DRayRaven on February 5, 2013 at 3:41 PM