24 Nov 2009

New match-fix scandal different from 2005

6:53 am on 24 November 2009

The head of Germany's football federation says Europe's biggest match-fixing scandal has nothing to do with Germany's 2005 illegal betting affair.

Police in Germany, Britain, Austria and Switzerland staged simultaneous raids on Friday, arresting 15 people in Germany and two in Switzerland.

Federation head Theo Zwanziger says a gang with 200 suspected memebrs is suspected of having paid off referees, players and officials to win at least $20 million.

Of at least 200 matches across Europe, including three in the Champions League, 32 in Germany are under investigation.

The 2005 scandal involved three Croatian brothers, as well as Bundesliga referee Robert Hoyzer who was also jailed for helping rig top German matches in return for cash and goods