Liverpool Caught Up in Match Fixing Scandal
Liverpool have been caught up in the match fixing scandal that has hit the beautiful game it was revealed on Monday night.
The Reds’ Champions League victory over Hungarian side Debrecen at Anfield in 2009 was one of 380 games to have been targeted by a far eastern betting ring, investigators Europol have reported.
It is believed that Debrecen goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic was paid to ensure there were more than two goals in the match, which Liverpool won 1-0, reports The Daily Mail.
“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,” Rob Wainwright, head of law enforcement of Europol explained. “This is the first time we have established substantial evidence that organised crime is now operating in the world of football.
“It is clear that the focus of this investigation has been on other countries, not the United Kingdom. However we were surprised by the scale of the criminal enterprise and just how widespread it was. This is a sad day for European football.”