Germany to set up betting scandal task force

24th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

European football is reeling after German prosecutors last Friday revealed 200 games are under suspicion of having been rigged in ten countries.

Berlin -- The German Football Federation (DFB) and the German Football League (DFL) announced the creation of a task force here Monday to investigate a betting scandal which has rocked European football.

With European football's governing body UEFA calling a crisis meeting at their base in Nyon, Switzerland, for this Wednesday, the DFB and DFL said they would join forces to probe the 32 games suspected to have been affected here.

"A sports federation has a duty to fight organised crime with international implications," DFB president Theo Zwanziger told reporters. "We can only achieve this with the support of the public prosecutor's office."

European football is reeling after German prosecutors last Friday revealed 200 games are under suspicion of having been rigged in ten countries. Police arrested nine people in Italy on Monday in connection with the scandal.

There have already been several arrests in Germany and a 200-strong band operating across Europe is suspected of fixing matches in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey, Hungary, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Austria and Italy.

By bribing players, coaches, referees and officials to influence matches, the gang is thought to have earned as much as 10 million euros (15 million dollars) in huge bets with bookmakers in Europe and Asia, primarily in China.

AFP/Expatica

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