Police detain 7 in Hungarian match-fixing probe
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungarian law enforcement officials say three players and four referees have been detained in an international match-fixing investigation.
The probe launched by the Chief Investigative Prosecutor's Office and National Investigation Office identified four matches suspected of being fixed and two more in which attempts were made.
Authorities said Wednesday that the matches involve the senior and junior Hungarian national teams, and the Hungarian and Finnish topflight leagues.
An international syndicate is suspected of paying referees and players between $57,600 and $122,400 per match to influence results.
Police say searches were carried out at 12 locations Tuesday, with nearly $100,000 confiscated.