19 Mar 15
Montenegro Police Crack Football Match-Fixing Ring
Police in Montenegro have arrested five football players in what could be the biggest match-fixing scandal in the country’s football history.
Police in Montenegro arrested five players on Wednesday for suspected match-fixing as part of an ongoing investigation into abuses in premier league football matches.
The arrests mark the first time that police in the country have amassed enough evidence to detain and charge those believed to be involved in match fixing.
Police confirmed that the footballers, all players for different Montenegrin National Football League clubs, have been charged with “criminal association and agreeing the outcome of competitions”.
They did not release the suspects’ names, stating only their initials and age.
Since last September, police have been investigating several suspicious matches in the national league and, according to unofficial sources, more arrests will follow in the days to come.
“A several month-long investigation, aided by the Montenegrin Football Association, the state prosecutor’s office, police from countries in the region and UEFA, has gathered evidence which will show that the criminal group has engaged in this felony over a long period of time,” police official Milovan Pavicevic told a news conference.
The match fixers made an overall illegal profit of 75,000 euros for themselves and others from August 27, 2014 until the moment of their arrest, by fixing the outcomes of five Montenegrin football league matches, Pavicevic explained.
Having arranged the results, they placed bets on the outcomes of those games with bookmakers in Montenegro and other countries in the region.
The police said four of the five players formerly played with first-division club Berane and the other is still at the club.
Three of the four players are now in the second division while one has moved on to Berane’s first-division rival, Bokelj, from the coastal town of Kotor.
Source: Balkan Insight (Montenegro)