Football match fixing is quite prevalent and any football fan knows they happen more often than they like to believe. We can certainly understand the betting and lure of bribes in Asia, where players play for pittance. We certainly want to spit at those playing in the top leagues, earning 6 figures in euros and USD per week, and still being linked to taking bribes to throw matches. Followers of football globally know that the Italian League is one of the worst culprit in Europe. In Asia, well China, Malaysia and Singapore are rampant.
What is interesting is that Singapore and to a certain extent Malaysia, are regarded as the brain centers in fixing and bribing most matches. To coordinate betting, most big punters are from HK, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia in that order. Bets will be funneled through the bookmakers' board and aggregated in Singapore so that they know the slant of betting. If you operate as a big syndicate alone in Malaysia, you may only be holding RM2m-4m per match for a Premier League game (could reach RM8-10m for a weekend match). But if you work with the top guys from these 4 places, you will know that total bets can reach USD30m-50m per normal match (a lot more if its a World Cup match). With that kind of flow, one can hive off 10%-20% to secure a match, with every major bookie in the know and adjusting goals offered accordingly to secure more bets on the "certain losing side".
Once bribes have been secured, they will get more bets from punters on the "certain losing side", and place out bets on the other side onto betting sites such as Bet888, William Hill, TopBet, BetOnline, etc...
As you can see, it will get to a stage where the top bookies will work with the top betting sides. Knowing the flow of betting, both parties will know what to do in "adjusting their betting lines". Hence its not just aggregating bets from Asia but they big betting houses must be in on it as well for the entire system to work. You cannot keep raping the big betting houses by laying off "strong bets" on them and for them not to do anything.
The internet has basically allowed match fixing to be done at the fastest speed, even to tweak results after the first half of a match.
Singapore, which European investigators say is the source for hundreds of football matches being fixed in a global betting scam, promised yesterday to aid the probe, but some in the game said many of the revelations were nothing new.
About 680 suspicious matches including qualifying games for the World Cup and European Championships, and the Champions League for top European club sides, have been identified in an inquiry by European police forces, the European anti-crime agency Europol and national prosecutors.
“The authorities in Singapore are assisting the European authorities in their investigations into an international match-fixing syndicate that purportedly involves Singaporeans,” the Southeast Asian city-state’s police said in a statement.
“Singapore takes a strong stance against match-fixing and is committed to working with international enforcement agencies to bring down transnational criminal syndicates, including those that involve the acts of Singaporeans overseas, and protect the integrity of the sport.”
Investigators said about 380 of the suspicious matches were played in Europe, and a further 300 were identified in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The fixing could also include top-flight national league matches in several European countries, as well as two Champions League matches, including one played in Britain.
Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet said that match was Hungarian side Debrecen’s 2009 Champions League group match against Liverpool.
The report caused barely a ripple at Debrecen who said yesterday that it was merely raking over old ground.
Ekstra Bladet said match fixers intended to rig the betting market for total goals in the European club clash, which Liverpool won 1-0, and targeted Debrecen’s Montenegrin goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic.
Debrecen, however, said these allegations have already been dealt with by European football’s governing body UEFA and Poleksic was given a two-year ban in 2010 for failing to report approaches from alleged fixers ahead of matches against Liverpool and Serie A side Fiorentina in Hungary.
The scourge of match fixing, according to one coach who was banned for helping to throw matches, will not go away quickly.
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