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Europol were quick to point out that they would not be revealing the names of any players, clubs, matches, competitions or club officials that are suspected to be involved so that they would not jeopardize the ongoing investigation.
However, details are slowly beginning to emerge regarding matches that are thought to be under question and possible teams that could have been affected by them.
—Update: February 8, 2013 at 6:45 a.m. ET—
As discussed on the previous slide, Friedhelm Althans is the chief match-fix investigator with Bochum police and has recently spoken via Sporting Intelligence about the new match-fixing revelations and which matches/teams have been involved with the fixes.
He clarified that mostly international matches were part of the "new" cases under investigation and that hardly any were domestic-based games.
“On Monday the message was not clear,” Althans said. “The 380 cases referred to in Europe are old cases that everyone has known about, cases already dealt with by authorities in Germany, Hungary, Finland, Slovenia and Austria.”
The 380 cases, he said, included matches outside those five countries, notably 79 fixed games in Turkey and others elsewhere where the prosecutions happened in Germany or one of the other five nations.
The “new” information that should have been more clearly stated in the press conference, Althans says, is that 300 “new” cases have been looked at in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as “spin-offs” from the investigations into the fixes in Europe.
Althans has clarified that of the 300 “new” cases in Africa, Asia and Latin America, “around 90 per cent of those involve international matches”. Or in other words, around 270 international games are among the 300 “new cases”.
However, these are not from the past two years. They relate to games played “mostly in 2009, 2010 and 2011″, according to Althans.
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—Updated: February 5, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. ET—
How many of these matches have taken place in lower-division football and how many have taken place in the top class is not known. However, details are slowly starting to emerge on a Champions League match played in England that is thought to be under serious question.
Original comments from Europol, followed by comments from New York Times.
“It would be naïve and complacent of those in the U.K. to think such a criminal conspiracy does not involve the English game and all the football in Europe,” Rob Wainwright, the director of the police intelligence agency, known as Europol, told reporters.
Officials [would not] identify any of the teams and individuals newly linked to match-fixing, citing the need to guard the confidentiality of police procedures. Still, one new tantalizing detail did emerge: the revelation that one of the suspicious matches uncovered involving the Champions League—the most prestigious annual soccer tournament in the world—was played in England in the last three or four years.
For those wondering, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur all potentially fall into that category.