Champions League tie in England among 380 suspicious games in match-fixing investigation

Europol chief says the investigation uncovered 'match fixing activity on a scale we have not seen before'

A Champions League tie played in England is among 380 suspicious matches in Europe uncovered in a wide-ranging match-fixing investigation.

The European police agency, Europol, says matches they believe were fixed include Word Cup and European Championship qualifiers, two Champions League games and "several top football matches in European leagues".

425 match officials, club officials, players and criminals are suspected of being involved, while a further 300 games covering Africa, Asia and south and central America are under suspicion.

Rob Wainwright, director of Europol, said today that the investigation uncovered "match fixing activity on a scale we have not seen before."

The specific match in England they believe was corrupt has not been revealed, although took place in the last four years.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea have all featured in the competition in recent years. A full list of matches played since 2008/09 can be seen below.

Wainwright revealed the scale of the corruption stating in Germany alone £13.8m was wagered on matches in the country with payments of £1.73m believed to have paid to those involved.

The largest payment paid to an individual was £121,000 according to investigators.

Europol's findings indicate match-fixing has taken place in 15 countries and 50 people have so far been arrested, although they fear this could be just the "tip of iceberg".

Europol believes a crime syndicate based in Asia was liaising with criminal networks throughout Europe. German police described a global network involving couriers ferrying bribes of up to £86,000 per match around the world, paying off players and referees.

Wainwright said: "This is the work of a suspected organised crime syndicate based in Asia and operated with criminal networks around Europe.

"It is clear to us this is the biggest-ever investigation into suspected match-fixing in Europe. It has yielded major results which we think have uncovered a big problem for the integrity of football in Europe.

"We have uncovered an extensive criminal network."

Europol gave the details on Monday at a news conference in The Hague, Netherlands, on what they described as "a sad day for European football".

Wainwright would not reveal the identity of the Champions League match staged in the UK under suspicion due to "ongoing judicial proceedings" - he did confirm it had taken place in the last three to four years - and admitted it was not a country under particular scrutiny.

He added: "The focus has been on other countries, not the United Kingdom. However we were surprised by the scale generally of the criminal enterprise and just how widespread it was.

"It would be naive and complacent of those in the UK to think such a criminal conspiracy does not involve the English game and all the football in Europe."

A Uefa spokesman confirmed they would co-operate with the investigation.

In a statement, the governing body of European football said: "Uefa is aware of the statements made by Europol regarding the alleged match-fixing that has taken place in various football competitions and expects to receive further information in the coming days.

"As part of the fight against the manipulation of matches, Uefa is already co-operating with the authorities on these serious matters as part of its zero-tolerance policy towards match-fixing in our sport.

"Once the details of these investigations are in Uefa's hands, then they will be reviewed by the appropriate disciplinary bodies in order that the necessary measures are taken."

Champions League games in England since 09/09

Arsenal

2008/2009

27 Aug 2008 – Arsenal 4-0 FC Twente

30 Sep 2008 – Arsenal 4-0 Porto

5 Nov 2008 – Arsenal 0-0 Fenerbahce

25 Nov 2008 – Arsenal 1-0 Dynamo Kiev

24 Feb 2009 – Arsenal 1-0 Roma

15 April 2009 – Arsenal 3-0 Villarreal

5 May 2009 – Arsenal 1-3 Man Utd

 

2009/2010

26 August 2009 – Arsenal 3-1 Celtic

29 September 2009 – Arsenal 2-0 Olympiacos

4 November 2009 – Arsenal 4-1 AZ Alkmaar

24 November 2009 – Arsenal 2-0 Standard Liege

9 March 2010 – Arsenal 5-0 Porto

31 March 2010 – Arsenal 2-2 Barcelona

 

2010/2011

15 September 2010 – Arsenal 6-0 Braga

19 October 2010 – Arsenal 5-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

8 December 2010 – Arsenal 3-1 Partizan

16 February 2011 – Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona

 

2011/2012

16 August 2011 – Arsenal 1-0 Udinese

28 September 2011 – Arsenal 2-1 Olympiacos

1 November 2011 – Arsenal 0-0 Marseille

23 November 2011 – Arsenal 2-1 Dortmund

6 March 2012 – Arsenal 3-0 Milan

 

2012/2013

3 October 2012 – Arsenal 3-1 Olympiacos

24 October 2012 – Arsenal 0-2 Schalke

21 November 2012 – Arsenal 2-0 Montpellier

 

Manchester United

2008/2009

17 September 2008 – Man United 0-0 Villarreal

21 October 2008 – Man United 3-0 Celtic

10 December 2008 – Man United 2-2 AaB

11 March 2009 – Man United 2-0 Inter Milan

7 April 2009 – Man United 2-2 Porto

29 April 2009 – Man United 1-0 Arsenal

 

2009/2010

30 September 2009 – Man United 2-1 Wolfsburg

3 November 2009 – Man United 3-3 CSKA Moscow

25 November 2009 – Man United 0-1 Besiktas

10 March 2010 – Man United 4-0 Milan

7 April 2010 – Man United 3-2 Bayern

 

2010/2011

14 September 2010 – Man United 0-0 Rangers

20 October 2010 – Man United 1-0 Bursaspor

7 December 2010 – Man United 1-1 Valencia

15 March 2011 – Man United 2-1 Marseille

12 April 2011 – Man United 2-1 Chelsea

4 May 2011 – Man United 4-1 Schalke

28 May 2011 – Barcelona 3-1 Man United (final)

 

2011/2012

27 September 2011 – Man United 3-3 Basel

2 November 2011 – Man United 2-0 Otelul

22 November 2011 – Man United 2-2 Benfica

 

2012/2013

19 September 2012 – Man United 1-0 Galatasary

23 October 2012 – Man United 3-2 Braga

5 December 2012 – Man United 0-1 CFR Cluj

 

Manchester City

2011/2012

14 September 2011 – Man City 1-1 Napoli

18 October 2011 – Man City 2-1 Villarreal

7 December 2011 – Man City 2-0 Bayern Munich

 

2012/2013

3 October 2012 – Man City 1-1 Dortmund

6 November 2012 – Man City 2-2 Ajax

21 November 2012 – Man City 1-1 Real Madrid

 

Tottenham Hotspur

2010/2011

25 August 2010 – Tottenham 4-0 Young Boys

29 September 2010 – Tottenham 4-1 FC Twente

2 November 2010 – Tottenham 3-1 Inter Milan

24 November 2010 – Tottenham 3-0 Werder Bremen

9 March 2011 – Tottenham 0-0 AC Milan

13 April 2011 – Tottenham 0-1 Real Madrid

 

Chelsea

2008/2009

16 September 2008 – Chelsea 4-0 Bordeaux

22 October 2008 – Chelsea 1-0 Roma

9 December 2008 – Chelsea 2-1 CFR Cluj

25 February 2009 – Chelsea 1-0 Juventus

14 April 2009 – Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool

6 May 2009 – Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona

 

 

2009/2010

15 September 2009 – Chelsea 1-0 Porto

21 October 2009 – Chelsea 4-0 Atletico Madrid

8 December 2009 – Chelsea 2-2 APOEL

16 March 2010 – Chelsea 0-1 Inter Milan

 

2010/2011

28 September 2010 – Chelsea 2-0 Marseille

3 November 2010 – Chelsea 4-1 Spartak Moscow

23 November 2010 – Chelsea 2-1 Zilina

16 March 2011 – Chelsea 0-0 FC Copenhagen

6 April 2011 – Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United

 

2011/2012

13 September 2011 – Chelsea 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen

19 October 2011 – Chelsea 5-0 Genk

6 December 2011 – Chelsea 3-0 Valencia

14 March 2012 – Chelsea 4-1 Napoli

4 April 2012 – Chelsea 2-1 Benfica

18 April 2012 – Chelsea 1-0 Barcelona

 

2012/2013

19 September 2012 – Chelsea 2-2 Juventus

7 November 2012 – Chelsea 3-2 Shaktar Donetsk

5 December 2012 – Chelsea 6-1 Nordsjaelland

 

Liverpool

2008/2009

27 August 2008 – Liverpool 1-0 Standard Liege

1 October 2008 – Liverpool 3-1 PSV Eindhoven

4 November 2008 – Liverpool 1-1 Atletico Madrid

26 November 2008 – Liverpool 1-0 Marseille

10 March 2009 – Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid

8 April 2009 – Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea

 

2009/2010

16 September 2009 – Liverpool 1-0 Debrecen

20 October 2009 – Liverpool 1-2 Lyon

9 December 2009 – Liverpool 1-2 Fiorentina

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