Monday, December 7, 2009

Soccer Match Fixing Scandal

As quoted in the November 30, 2009 Sports Illustrated, "Arrested by police in Germany and Switzerland, 17 people accused of being involved in a soccer match fixing scandal. Officials said they suspect that criminal gangs influenced players, coaches and officials in some 200 matches in competitions ranging from Turkish top-division play to the European under-21 championships to the early stages of the UEFA Champions League. But at a press conference that was televised live in Germany, where 32 games are under suspicion, Bochum police director Friedhelm Atlhans said, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Earlier this year UEFA (the governing body for soccer in Europe) implemented a betting fraud detection system, partly in response to the 2005 conviction of a German referee who admitted to manipulating the outcomes of games in his country's domestic league."

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