Officials Clamp Down on Corruption in Sports

Published Friday, May 06, 2011 -

In the world of sports corruption is always a possibility so officials are constantly on the look out for signs that there may be people taking advantage of situations that mare the integrity of sporting events.

Officials in the world of soccer have uncovered an extensive match fixing operation that revealed as many as three hundred games that were in question. The extensive fixing ring spanned three continents and suggested a collusion of organized groups that set out to gain illegally from staged events.
FIFA’s head of security Chris Eaton, a former Interpol official, told The Daily Telegraph, “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.” Eaton continued to explain, “Interviews with those involved have told us that that fixers can spend upwards of $300,000 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.”

Even though London is thought to be one of the key bases for the corruption almost all of the bookmakers are based in two Asian countries, Singapore and Malaysia, with some links to Eastern Europe.
FIFA opened investigations into two international groups in the Turkish resort of Antalya when Bolivia took on Latvia and Estonia faced Bulgaria. The seven goals were penalties and suspicious betting activity was revealed just before each goal. This action was just too obvious and it meant sporting officials from Hungary and Bosnia were all banned for life.
The investigations are ongoing with the one of the main instigators Wilson Raj Perumal, from Singapore now under arrest in Finland. A hard sentence is expected in the hope it sends a strong message that corruption in sports will not be tolerated.



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