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Match-fixing scandal sweeps Czech, Slovak football leagues
13 Sep 2013 Flash News
Seven current or former Slovak top football league players were charged with corruption by Slovakia’s National Crime Agency (NKA) as part of a joint Czech-Slovak police sting. Four of those charged with receiving bribes in Slovakia are current players of Corgoň Premier League football team DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda, while another three are former premier league players. The latter three are charged with paying bribes to the active players.
Czech police undertook a parallel operation that resulted in the arrests and charging of 12 people. There, the allegations concern primarily second, third and fourth divisions, but suspicions are that premier league matches were not spared fixing, either. Several top division players have been interrogated.
“It was mainly the former players of our premier football league who approached active players in teams and tried to arrange with them the results of matches, or alternatively the number of goals scored or other possibilities that are on offer through bookmakers,” said Gašpar. The gang’s ringleader most likely comes from an Asian country where he made online bets in Asian bookmakers for the matches in question. The Slovaks were also involved in orchestrating similar schemes in the Czech Republic, too.
According to Gašpar, whether a particular match would be fixed was usually decided 15 minutes into the match when the particular bookmakers released the respective betting options. The bribes ranged from €2,000-€60,000 and were settled right after the matches. A total of €210,000 is believed to have been spent on these bribes. Profits per each match amounted to €50,000.
(Source: TASR, Sme)
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