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Champs League, World Cup Matches Fixed

Champs League, World Cup Matches Fixed

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59 / / Feb 04, 2013 01:23 PM
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European police say that an 18-month long investigation has exposed match-fixing at the highest level of European and global football.

Europol investigators claim that as many as 380 matches across Europe were fixed by a crime syndicate based in Asia.

From  their base in The Hague, Europol assert match officials, club officials, players and criminals are all implicated in the corruption.

Without revealing the specific games, Europol say matches in World Cup and European Championship qualifiers, two Champions League ties and "several top football matches in European leagues" were fixed.

The investigators allege that as much as €16million was spent on illegal bets by criminals on the fixed matches, and that they fear this sum is just the “tip of the iceberg.”

"This is the work of a suspected organised crime syndicate based in Asia and operated with criminal networks around Europe," Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol, said.

"It is clear to us this is the biggest-ever investigation into suspected match-fixing in Europe. It has yielded major results which we think have uncovered a big problem for the integrity of football in Europe. We have uncovered an extensive criminal network."

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tondi23 Level 1
@Shapiro:Point of correction- It was France vs Republic of Ireland not France vs Greece.

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Geees Level 1
If @monampana didnt watch Chelsean n Barca Champ lig game in 2009, i 4give him, but if he did, then he is jus plain nincompoop not 2 hav noticed went down in dat night. We da Blues faithfulls shall neva 4get da name Wolfgang Stark. Players like Drogba n Ballack lost money after unnecessary fines by UEFalona' crooks.

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Musawenkosi84 Level 5
All Chelsea games were fixed so dat they win Champions league

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monampana Level 2
You know some people are just bags of air and nothing more, I have not seen any article that mention people's names, teams, etc, but there are people who just come in here and blubber all sorts of hogwash...who the hell do you think you are? I wish they could launch an investigation on your dumb arses, how the hell do you go on accusing people and nations like that? You stupid ignorant fools.

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Kingdom25 Level 1
@shapiro Lucio attempt at goal which was on target was cleared off the goal line by an Egyptian player. Were you expecting the referee not to award a penalty in that situation? And don't come and lie here, it was the CONFEDERATIONS CUP not European championship. How can Brazil and Egypt participate in a European championship while they are from South America and Africa respectively?

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Sthe_dladla Level 1
madrid vs ajax...cl game

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TerrorKC Level 6
bafana game against France in world cup 2010

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Makarina Level 3
The biggest problem in football. It dents the quality of our beautiful game.

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Shapiro Level 5
Brazil Vs Egpty in European Champoinship here in South Africa 2009 where referee gave Brazil contriversal penalty . France Vs Greece in a World Cup qaulifier match where Hendry scored goal with hand infront of the referee. Nigeria[4] Vs Argentina [1]international friendly match where N9ja won by four goal to zero. Bafana Bafana [0] Vs Brazil [1] where Neymand missed so many opportunities of scoring in the first half bt he dint score and after that he shake hand with Nematandan after the game. Egpty Vs BB in Cario where Segolela & Mphela missed so many opportunities to score bt they did not not scored doz goals bcose somoene pay him money to missed doz goals.

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Gizaretti Level 1
The clueless thandoz has at least posted something, though senseless and without any substance!!! Till she understands what match fixing means, we mill talk and perhaps entertain her. Poor Rat.

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CHICHARITO14 Level 1
18 months is nothing try 43 years that chiefs have been part of the syndicate.

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CHICHARITO14 Level 1
So LOOSERPOOL lunatics say their are not loosin their gamas their are only fixing em. YOU WILL ALWAYS WALK ALONE

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Kingdom25 Level 1
@thandoz you are clueless about match fixing mate, maybe it could have been better for you to read the whole article and understand what it was all about. @gokuu i think you are spot on there, some bloggers mind are just like chickens minds, quick to forget yet quick to point fingers, if you can read these comments below you can suspect that some of them are driven by pure jealously rather than facts.

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thandoz Level 3
kaizer chiefs,man united&barcelona are the teams that should be investigated.chelsea,orlando pirates&real madrid are victims of poo oficiating.

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PiratesFan Level 1
Teams do not necessarily fix games refs do...like yesterday game between milan n udinese..the ref was paid

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