Champions League games among 110 fixed in 2013-14

A report outlining suspicious betting practices and match-fixing has been handed to the European Parliament, with Uefa qualifying matches among those pin-pointed

Several Champions League matches were fixed in 2013-14, a report presented to the European Parliament has claimed.

The games, all during the qualification stage of the competition, are among a total of 110 fixtures on the continent deemed by Federbet to have been fixed during the past season.

A number of Europa League qualifying ties are also on the list of fixed games handed over by Federbet, a foundation of European bookmakers and casino owners which monitors suspicious betting patterns.

On top of the 110 games, which include league matches in England, Italy, France and Portugal and spread across both men’s and women’s football, there were a further 350 marked as being suspicious. A clash between Catania and Atalanta in Serie A was the highest-profile match claimed to be fixed, while England’s lower leagues were home to the most prevalent activity.

Federbet’s general secretary, Francesco Baranca, told the Daily Telegraph: “Every day, all around the world, there is an attempt at match-fixing. And this virus is getting bigger.

“We can solve this problem in quite an easy way but nobody wants to solve it. Federations are not listening to us, Uefa is not listening to us.”

Baranca added that the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil could be a target for fixers, warning: “It is not so impossible that when they have learned to fix matches in domestic competitions, they are also going to fix matches in international competitions.”

But Belgian MEP Marc Tarabella is happy that Fifa will be proactive in their monitoring of potential fixes thanks to the work of Federbet.

“In previous World Cups, such as the 2010 tournament, we have just revealed that there may have been some match fixing,” he told EuroNews. “I am extremely pleased that Fifa – thanks to Federbet – will monitor all parties involved in the World Cup finals, in order to detect whether certain parties could be taking part in illicit bets.”