Scandal on the Pitch
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 indicated that hundreds of people had been involved in match-fixing.
At least 425 people from more than 15 countries — including club and match officials, and current and former players — are suspected of conspiring in 680 matches on behalf of Asian criminal syndicates that made millions of dollars in profits by betting on the results, they said.
Disgusting. Just absolutely disgusting. How are we to watch any game now without wondering what criminal has paid what players to act immorally? Ugh. They’ve ruined the beautiful game. Greedy reprobates. Via Irene Hahn on FB.
- You: World Football Is About to Be Rocked by a Worldwide Match-Fixing Scandal (bleacherreport.com)
- Investigators reveal global soccer match-fixing scandal (abc.net.au)
- Europol match-fixing investigation uncovers 380 dodgy matches (thesun.co.uk)
- Match played in England ‘fixed’ (bbc.co.uk)