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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:47 AM

Investigation Finds Suspected Fixing in 680 Soccer Matches

Source: New York Times

THE HAGUE — Criminal organizations have infiltrated the highest levels of European and international soccer, threatening the very integrity of the sport, global law enforcement officials said on Monday as they unveiled the results of a 19-month investigation that showed hundreds of people involved in match-fixing.

At least 425 people from more than 15 countries — including club and match officials, current and former players — are suspected of conspiring to fix hundreds of matches on behalf of Asian criminal syndicates which made millions of dollars in profits by betting on the results, they said.

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

“This is a sad day for European football, and more evidence of the corrupting influence of organized crime,” said Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol, which helped to coordinate the investigation among European Union member states, Interpol and non-European nations.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/sports/soccer/investigation-finds-suspected-fixing-in-680-soccer-matches.html?_r=0

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Reply Investigation Finds Suspected Fixing in 680 Soccer Matches (Original post)
Bosonic Feb 2013 OP
Coyotl Feb 2013 #1
Ron Obvious Feb 2013 #2
leveymg Feb 2013 #7
AngryAmish Feb 2013 #4
musiclawyer Feb 2013 #3
Blue_Tires Feb 2013 #5
VWolf Feb 2013 #6
Codeine Feb 2013 #8

Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:32 AM

1. Super Bowl anyone?

A lot of people trust professional sports in the USA. I'd bet the games are routinely fixed, and I'd never bet on the pro games. Knowledgeable gamblers know to bet on college sports instead. Why? D'oh!

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:38 AM

2. When the lights went out...

When the lights went out during the SB yesterday, the first thing I thought of was Asian betting syndicates. This may seem odd, but there were a series of such incidents in European soccer in recent years where Asian betting syndicates were implicated. Either because Asians will bet on anything, including the lights going out, but also because it affects either the score (match abandonment), or at least the play.

There have been suspicions of match fixing in Europe for years, mostly in the lower leagues where salaries are significantly lower and the players more likely to be tempted. Of course, once a player takes the money, the syndicate owns them forever...

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:36 AM

7. My first words were "Vegas point spread", but same idea.

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:57 PM

4. More college games are fixed

cheaper to fix them

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:26 PM

3. Game 6 Lakers v Sacramento kings

Western conference finals.
Almost a decade ago
Need say no more.
Game was fixed. That was the start of a long slow decline of the NBA


Steroid era in baseball. I call that widespread fixing of games because not all teams were roided equally

The tuck rule. Oakland Raiders and New England that snowy night some years back

Its shocking that the Champions league is as clean as it is Luckily it becomes harder to fix games when super teams from the EPL and La Liga are involved because they already make so much coin


Yes folks. Pro sports has always been dirty. Can be almost clean at times. That's the most you can really say

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:22 PM

5. I'm guessing 679 of those matches were in Serie A?

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:44 PM

6. WOW. As a HUGE fan of Serie A, let me just say

... you're probably right.

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:43 AM

8. I read a book about this a few years back.

The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime is a must-read for fans. Match-fixing for Asian gambling consortiums reaches right into World Cup matches and is endemic in some league play. Disheartening for a fan of Serie A.

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