Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Belgian soccer corrupted by exchange betting

Following a revealing TV documentary, Belgian police and soccer association have started an investigation into betting corruption and match fixing by a Chinese betting ring.

Various matched are believed to be fixed through betting exchange Betfair. The betting platform, which allows bets for teams or players to lose, said it would cooperate with the investigation.

According to a spokesman of the European soccer body UEFA, the frequency of gambling fraud is increasing in many European competitions. It is a form of organised crime that is very difficult to combat and the systematic and international character of betting is particularly concerning. says UEFA.