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Huge bets were made on controversial 2011 friendly between Latvia and Bolivia

Three Bosnian match officials facing Fifa disciplinary charges lead out the Latvia and Bolivia teams for a friendly in Turkey.
 LONDON, Feb 6 (LETA) - According to the British newspaper ''The Times'', huge bets were made on the controversial 2011 friendly between the Latvian and Bolivian national football teams.
As reported, during the February 2011 exhibition matches in Turkey, Estonia drew 2-2 against Bulgaria and Latvia beat Bolivia 2-1. All seven goals were scored through penalties, which lead to suspicion of match-fixing.
The AFP news agency reported that European police warned Monday that the integrity of football was at stake, as they revealed they had unearthed a criminal network fixing hundreds of matches, including in the Champions League, World Cup qualifiers, as well as the Latvia-Bolivia friendly.
''The Times'' points out that bets on the Latvia-Bolivia match reached approximately GBP 4 million (LVL 3.2 million).
Europol said a five-country probe had identified 380 suspicious matches targeted by a Singapore-based betting cartel, whose illegal activities stretched to players, referees and officials across the world at all levels of the game.
LETA also reported, in June 2011, seven football players and referees were arrested in Budapest on suspicion of match-fixing in six international football games, including the 2011 exhibition match between Latvia and Bolivia.
"Seven people, including three players, current and retired, and four active referees were arrested for their roles in cases of match-fixing. They are accused as members of Asian criminal organization of trying to influence matches to make large profits in sports betting," informed Budapest prosecution spokesman Geza Fazekas at the time.
06-02-2013
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