Match-fixing scandal is set to rock Uefa

LUCERNE - Uefa has given police a list of 15 matches it suspects may have been fixed, a senior Uefa source said on Saturday.

LUCERNE - Uefa has given police a list of 15 matches it suspects may have been fixed, a senior Uefa source said on Saturday.

News of the match-fixing investigation came as Uefa officials and coaches gathered in Lucerne ahead of yesterday's draw for Euro 2008, to be played in Switzerland and Austria.

According to the source, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, "15 matches are under investigation and being dealt with by Uefa's disciplinary committee".

The matches under suspicion were played in a variety of Uefa competitions including a Euro 2008 qualifier, Champions League qualifiers, Uefa Cup qualifiers and Uefa Cup and Intertoto Cup ties. Uefa would not confirm when the matches took place, although a dossier handed to Interpol last month goes back to July 2005.

Irregular betting patterns on the matches alerted Uefa to the possibility that some may have been fixed. "It's all based on betting patterns, nothing else, and this is what we set up the early warning systems to look out for," another high-ranking Uefa official said.

Graham Bean, ex-police officer and former head of the English FA's Compliance Unit, said the affair could become the biggest of its kind to hit the international game. - Reuters

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