680 soccer games identified worldwide in match-fixing scandal

12:52 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - European authorities say organized crime gangs have fixed or attempted to fix more than 680 soccer matches around the world in recent years.

They say the matches included World Cup and European Championship qualifiers, and two Champions League games. According to Europol -- the police agency of the European Union -- an 18-month review found nearly 400 suspicious matches in Europe, and another 300 questionable games elsewhere -- mainly in Africa, Asia and South and Central America. It also found evidence that a crime syndicate based in Singapore was involved in some of the match-fixing.

The agency wouldn't name any suspected matches or individuals, saying it would interfere with ongoing investigations. So it's not clear how much of the information had already been revealed in trials across the continent.

Still, a German investigator says it's just "the tip of the iceberg."

The Associated Press

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