The European police agency, Europol, says matches they believe were fixed include Word Cup and European Championship qualifiers, two Champions League games and “several top football matches in European leagues”.
425 match officials, club officials, players and criminals are suspected of being involved, while a further 300 games covering Africa, Asia and south and central America are under suspicion.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea have all featured in the competition in recent years. The match that immediately rings in Chelsea fan’s heads is… Barcelona 2008-09. Ah, the infamous night. Only 2 Champions League games are said to be fixed and with that match in mind, that could well be it.
Take a look at the main points in this match :
With those appeals in mind, a 93rd minute equalizer from Andres Iniesta had Barcelona in the Final against Manchester United. Barcelona went on to win 3-1 and many football fans thought there could be a Conspiracy, that UEFA didn’t want a repeat final and 2 English teams against 1 another. Barcelona – Chelsea could well be the one.
However, it might not be. Other matches of alleged match-fixing could be the actual ones considering over 380 suspicious matches in Europe and another 300 questionable games outside the continent, mainly in Africa, Asia and South and Central America are said to be investigated. It was unclear exactly how many of 680 games mentioned were previously known to have been tainted, but the very public announcement shed light on the murky underworld of match-fixers, who bet on fixed games to reap enormous profits around the globe. But, the Chelsea – Barcelona match could be one of the main interests of UEFA and Europol. Tom Henning Ovrebo (the match official) hasn’t officiated a UEFA match since CFC – Barca, could UEFA have banned him for match fixing without a proper announcement? Or was it just Ovrebo’s honest errors? We’ll see when all the details are uncovered.