Soccer match-fixing probe extends to 380 games
European Champions League matches are among those under investigation, Europol said Monday.
February 4th, 2013
07:59 AM ET

Soccer match-fixing probe extends to 380 games

The beautiful game's ugly underside was exposed on Monday as one of Europe's senior crime fighters revealed hundreds of games are under investigation in what he described as "a sad day for European football."

Recent match-fixing scandals have centered on South Korea and South Africa, but Europol believes the highest levels of the game are now no longer safe with alleged corruption in two Champions League matches discovered, including one played in England, with 680 games in all being probed across the globe.

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  1. Woodrow

    Whoever they find involved in this should be banned for life. No mercy.

    February 4, 2013 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • El Flaco

      Sports is show business. As the Dallas Cowboys coach once commented, "Our goal is not to win games but to make money. Sometimes they are two different things."

      February 4, 2013 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sarah

    Bribes up to $190,000 . . . was Lance Armstrong involved???

    February 4, 2013 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. futbol

    NFL sucks..

    February 4, 2013 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. mike

    380 games for only 140,000 Euros? That's a bargain.

    February 4, 2013 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. barfly

    humans being human

    February 4, 2013 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. El Flaco

    I'm sure it has happened in the NFL. The old saying in sports is, "If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying."

    February 4, 2013 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Why do so many spectators and fans pretend to be shocked when they hear that professional athletes take bribes to throw games, in addition to injecting themselves with steroids, growth hormone, and anything else that helps? Many athletes can wield a hypodermic needle so well that they reduce registered nurses to amateurs.
    This is the big-time entertainment industry, not a Sunday School softball outing.

    February 4, 2013 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. D


    February 4, 2013 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    This doesn't surporise me. There is corruption in every sport.

    February 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sokman

    Corruption in sports pales in comparison to the corruption in our government & religious organizations

    February 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You got that right.
      Makes the corruption in sports look mild in comparison.

      February 4, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CueBallSTL

    In related news, the International Cycling Union banned Lance Armstrong from ever participating in organized soccer games...

    February 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |