Victorian police in soccer fixing arrests
Victorian Police say they have smashed a multi-million dollar match-fixing ring involving the Victorian Premier League soccer competition.
Police have arrested 10 people after executing search warrants across Melbourne.
Police said the operation had been underway since August, following information from the Football Federation of Australia.
It is believed the players and staff involved are all affiliated with the one sporting club.
Many of players arrested are from the United Kingdom and were playing in the Victorian league in their off-season.
It's believed there has been estimated betting winnings in Australia and overseas of more than $2 million identified in connection with the match-fixing ring.
Those arrested are expected to face match fixing charges, which can attract a 10-year maximum penalty.
Victorian police deputy commissioner Graham Ashton warned that Australia was susceptible to international match fixing.
"Further match-fixing risks are imminent in Australia, partly because of localised overseas betting on Australian sporting events due to our favourable time zone," Ashton said.
"It is vital that we continue gathering intelligence to take preventative action to make it difficult for organised crime to infiltrate our sporting codes.
"Our Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit plays an important role in this space and will continue to conduct high level intelligence investigations across a range of serious organised and emerging crime within the sporting and racing industries.
"We will continue to work with the relevant sporting codes and the Australian Crime Commission to create an environment that is hostile to those seeking to engage in illegal activities involving our sporting codes."