Press Box: Probe uncovers 680 suspicious soccer games

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

Europe's union joint police body announced Monday that it uncovered more than 680 suspicious soccer matches and evidence that a crime gang is involved in fixing matches after an investigation.
Some of the matches included World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and two Champions League games and the crime association is based in Singapore, according to Europol.
The investigation by Europol concluded that 380 of the suspicious matches were European matches and the other 300 were mostly in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.
Participation in the corruption included 425 match officials, club officials, players and criminals from at least 15 countries who were involved in fixing the games as far back as 2008, according to Europol. It would not name specific suspects, teams or games because of ongoing national police investigations.
The investigation found nearly $11 million worth of betting profits and $2.7 million in bribes to players and officials that have already led to several prosecutions.

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