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Hungary Charges 45 Suspects in Soccer Match-Fixing Probe

Hungary charged 45 people for taking part in a global soccer match-fixing crime ring, chief investigating prosecutor Imre Keresztes said in a statement.

The cheating affected 32 games, including an international match between two countries, a first-division game in the Italian league, three in the Finnish league and 11 Hungarian first-division matches, Keresztes said in an e-mail today.

Europol police agency in February said a Singapore-based operation tried to fix games across Europe, including World Cup and European Championship qualifiers, and generated more than 8 million euros ($10.3 million) in profit. An 18-month probe found 425 match officials, club executives, players and criminals in 15 countries worked to cheat in more than 380 matches, with another 300 targeted in other regions.

The suspects charged included Eng T.S. of Singapore, against whom authorities issued an international arrest warrant, as well as current and former Hungarian soccer players, umpires, club owners and coaches, the prosecutor said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zoltan Simon in Budapest at zsimon@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net

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