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FFA: No A-League investigations

February 14, 2013
By ESPN staff

Australian football's governing body has confirmed that no A-League matches are being investigated by the country's law enforcement agencies.

Adelaide celebrate Evan Kostopoulos' opener against Victory
GettyImagesThe FFA said around $5 million was wagered on the Adeliade-Melbourne Victory match

Football Federation Australia (FFA) issued a statement after the country's main criminal intelligence body reported last week that organised crime was having a growing influence over Australian sport.

Although intelligence officials said one match had potentially been fixed, they declined to identify the sport.

FFA also denied that $40 million had been wagered on a match - a claim made by police in Victoria who said the bet, placed on an A-League game, could amount to match-fixing.

"FFA can confirm that the amount wagered was in fact in vicinity of $5 million," a statement said.

"The error occurred when media outlets reported the estimated figure in Australian dollars instead of the correct denomination of Hong Kong dollars.

"The bets were held on the Round 10 fixture between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory at Hindmarsh Stadium on Friday December 7 2012.

"The media reports also incorrectly stated that law enforcement agencies investigating match fixing were concentrating on an A-League match.

"FFA has been advised that no A-League matches are subject to investigation by Australian law enforcement agencies."

Earlier this month, Europol said investigations had revealed that at least 380 football matches in Europe were suspected to have been fixed along with some 300 games from the rest of the world.

The matches included World Cup and European Championship qualifying games, Champions League ties and top-flight league matches in several European countries.

Europol director Rob Wainwright said the investigation uncovered "match-fixing activity on a scale we have not seen before".