The investigation under the code name "veto" reveal the grossest betting scandal in sports history and plunge the fubball world into another deep crisis of credibility. Europol, the european police authority, says it has registered around 700 suspected gambles from 2008 to 2011. Among them are 300 completely new cases worldwide, as well as more than 380 parts in europe alone, most of which were already known in the countries. The betting scandal affects matches in the world cup and european championship qualifiers as well as two champions league matches, including one in england. "If the number was real, it would be alarming", said national team manager oliver bierhoff about the expenses.
"We have uncovered a dense criminal network", europol chief rob wainwright said at a press conference in the hague on monday. He spoke of "unprecedented levels of manipulation" and stressed: "this is a sad day for football and further evidence of corruption by organized crime in society."
In germany alone, 70 parties are under suspicion, according to bochum's chief commissioner friedhelm althans – that was significantly more than had been tried so far in trials at the bochum regional court. A total of 425 club officials, former or current players and referees in 15 countries are alleged to have been involved in the manipulation and betting fraud. 151 of them reside in germany, where 14 people have so far been sentenced to terms totaling 39 years in the betting scandal.