Two first division matches under investigation

The Dutch football association KNVB and police are looking into possible match-fixing at two first division games, the director of the association’s professional football unit Henk Kesler said on Monday evening.


The European football association Uefa, which has access to gambling monitoring systems, has also been brought into the investigation, Kesler said. He declined to say which matches are being looked at but said more information would be made available in January.
‘A match can be termed suspicious for many reasons but who is the suspect?’ Kesler said. ‘Without a suspect you do not have a case… you cannot investigate every error made by a keeper.’
In October, Canadian journalist Declan Hill told the Volkskrant he had evidence several first division players had been paid to fix matches by Chinese gambling gangs.
He said match fixing involves teams which are low down the first division and lost away matches by a wide margin over the past few weeks.

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