FIFA to investigation match-fixing scam covering 300 games

Last Updated: May 06, 2011, 15:12 PM IST

London: FIFA is reportedly investigating a massive football match-fixing scam after uncovering evidence of fixers manipulating over 300 games.

According to reports, the fixers have operated on three continents planning and staging friendly internationals with the express aim of manipulating the results, as well as targeting hundreds of club matches across Europe.

Investigators believe that match officials have been bought for as little as 10,000 dollars per match to help deliver specific scores or events in games, enabling fixers to make hundreds of millions of dollars on Asian gambling markets.

“The threat from match-fixing to the integrity of the global game is significant. England is the home of football and London is a global financial centre so it does not surprise me that the financial aspects of this activity lead to London,” said FIFA’s head of security Chris Eaton, a former Interpol official.

“Interviews with those involved have told us that that fixers can spend upwards of 300,000 dollars to stage a friendly international and they do that with the expectation of a significant profit margin. Our information is that we are talking about tens of millions of dollars in profit from each successful fix,” he added.

Bureau Report