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Operation VETO - the largest match-fixing investigation in Europe

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013

A major investigation involving Europol and police teams from 13 European countries has uncovered an extensive criminal network involved in widespread football match-fixing. A total of 425 match officials, club officials, players, and serious criminals, from more than 15 countries, are suspected of being involved in attempts to fix more than 380 professional football matches including World Cup and European Championship qualification matches, two UEFA Champions League matches and several top-flight matches in European national leagues. The activities formed part of a sophisticated organised crime operation, which generated over €8 million in betting profits and involved over €2 million in corrupt payments to those involved in the matches.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), codenamed Operation VETO, ran between July 2011 and January 2013. The JIT was formed by Europol, Germany, Finland, Hungary, Austria and Slovenia, and it was supported by Eurojust, Interpol and investigators from eight other European countries.

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