Investigation Uncovers Possible Fixing of Soccer Games Worldwide

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(LA Times) — Soccer is the world’s most popular sport. And now, after an 18-month investigation into game-fixing, it appears as if it’s one of the world’s most corrupt sports as well.

Europol, the European Union’s joint police body, said Monday that its wide-ranging investigation uncovered more than 680 “suspicious games” on five continents, among them a Champions League game in England that ended in a tie and three World Cup qualifiers, two played in Africa and the other in Central America.

Europol declined to name specific suspects, teams or games because investigations are continuing, but the suspicious Central American game featured teams from CONCACAF, the regional federation that includes the United States.



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