Report: Bookies fixed hundreds of soccer games
posted at 11:36 am on February 5, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
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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