Sepak Bola Asia Perangi Judi Bola

Asian Football to Clean Up Rampant Match-Fixing

Editor : Heru S Winarno
Translator : Parulian Manalu


Sepak Bola Asia Perangi Judi BolaIlustrasi: eurosport.com

SEPAK Bola Asia akan meningkatkan dan mengobarkan perang terhadap mafia pengaturan skor hasil pertandingan sepak bola. Tekad itu ditandai dengan pertemuan polisi bersama dengan petinggi sepak bola pada pekan ini, untuk mendiskusikan usaha memerangi mafia sepak bola.

Dua pekan setelah berita yang menyatakan bahwa ratusan pertandingan di dunia diatur hasilnya oleh geng di Asia, maka Konfederasi Sepak Bola Asia (AFC) dan Interpol akan mengadakan pertemuan di Kuala Lumpur, seperti dilansir Channel News Asia.

Menurut Europol, 380 pertandingan di Eropa dari sekitar 700 di seluruh dunia, termasuk kompetisi Liga Champions dan penyisihan Piala Dunia, tersangkut dengan sindikat mafia sepak bola di Singapura.

Pengumuman itu semakin membuka mata kalangan terkait, setelah sebelumnya sudah lama diduga ada di Asia dan kini semakin melebar ke seluruh penjuru dunia, utamanya diatur melalui judi "online".

Mantan Sekjen AFC Peter Velappan menyebutkan masalah itu merupakan "puncak dari gunung es" sedangkan pelatih Burkina Faso Paul Put, yang diduga terlibat dalam skandal mengatur hasil laga itu, menyatakan masalah itu lebih besar dari yang dipikirkan pejabat sepak bola saat ini.

Bulan lalu, Sekjen Interpol Ronald Noble mengatakan pengaturan hasil sepak bola itu beromset milyar dolar setiap tahun, lebih besar bila dibandingkan dengan keuntungan perusahaan multinasional seperti minuman raksasa Coca-Cola.
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ASIAN football will take steps to clean up rampant match-fixing and repair its battered image when police and senior officials meet this week to discuss ways of fighting the problem.

Two weeks after revelations that hundreds of games worldwide were targeted by Asian-linked gangs, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Interpol will co-host talks in Kuala Lumpur aimed at raising awareness and cooperation.

According to Europol, 380 suspicious games have been identified in Europe among nearly 700 worldwide, including Champions League ties and World Cup qualifiers, tying the problem to a criminal syndicate based in Singapore.

The announcement put a renewed focus on the problem of match-fixing which has long been documented in Asia and now appears to be increasing throughout the world, fuelled by the advent of lucrative online gambling.

But former AFC secretary-general Peter Velappan called the report "the tip of the iceberg", while Burkina Faso coach Paul Put, who was suspended over match-fixing claims, said the problem is bigger than football realises.

Last month, Interpol secretary-general Ronald Noble said match-fixing generates hundreds of billions of dollars each year, comparing the revenues to multinationals such as drinks giant Coca-Cola.

ASIAN football will take steps to clean up rampant match-fixing and repair its battered image when police and senior officials meet this week to discuss ways of fighting the problem.

Two weeks after revelations that hundreds of games worldwide were targeted by Asian-linked gangs, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Interpol will co-host talks in Kuala Lumpur aimed at raising awareness and cooperation.

According to Europol, 380 suspicious games have been identified in Europe among nearly 700 worldwide, including Champions League ties and World Cup qualifiers, tying the problem to a criminal syndicate based in Singapore.

The announcement put a renewed focus on the problem of match-fixing which has long been documented in Asia and now appears to be increasing throughout the world, fuelled by the advent of lucrative online gambling.

But former AFC secretary-general Peter Velappan called the report "the tip of the iceberg", while Burkina Faso coach Paul Put, who was suspended over match-fixing claims, said the problem is bigger than football realises.

Last month, Interpol secretary-general Ronald Noble said match-fixing generates hundreds of billions of dollars each year, comparing the revenues to multinationals such as drinks giant Coca-Cola.