FOOTBALL MATCH-FIXING: 9 ARRESTS IN SPAIN

27 November 2019
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On 26 November 2019, the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional), with the support of Europol’s experts on sports corruption, arrested nine individuals in connection with match-fixing and money laundering during the second phase of operation Oikos. 

The documentation seized during the first phase in May 2019 revealed that the suspects made deals to arrange results of second division matches so the team could reach the playoffs and enter the first division in the Spanish National League.

The operation was supported by Europol’s Analysis Project on Sports Corruption. Europol provided analytical support throughout the investigation and supported the operation on-the-spot. A Europol analyst was deployed to Spain to perform real-time cross-checks, analysis and provide digital forensic assistance with a mobile office.

Investigations are still ongoing and the operation remains classified.