Soccer match-fixing by criminal gangs can only be prevented by police agencies using joint intelligence gathering similar to that in the fight against global terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks, FIFA’s head of security said.
Criminal gangs are probably increasing their attempts to fix soccer matches because new measures will make the crime more difficult to commit, said the man hired by FIFA to lead the battle against the manipulators.
Organized criminals may have made as much as 2 billion euros ($2.75 billion) from fixing Italian soccer matches over the past six years, according to the head of security at the sport’s governing body, FIFA.
Two former soccer officials who claimed Bayern Munich was probed for allegedly being paid to lose a 2008 UEFA Cup semifinal against the competition’s eventual winner Zenit St. Petersburg were convicted of slander.
Fenerbahce, the Turkish soccer champion, led losses among publicly listed sports teams amid a match-fixing probe that’s threatening to strip the club of its 18th title, the most in the league’s history.