German police force was investigating a possible drugs and prostitution racket. What they found instead was a massive fixing syndicate involving football clubs in Europe.
A report published in the Telegraph (United Kingdom) reveals how investigators from the organized task force in Bochum - a city in Western Germany known for its museums and art galleries - chanced upon conversations pertaining to football being fixed for money. When they delved deeper, they found an entire web of dense corruption in the sport.
In fact, officials from the police force have reportedly claimed that of the 380 suspicious games highlighted by Europol, 150 came from their findings and the information they uncovered. The report quotes a senior official as saying that high sums of money is involved. "We have evidence for 150 of these cases and the operations were run out of Singapore with bribes of up to 100,000 euros (£87,000) paid per match," said Friedhelm Althans.