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Three jailed in football match-fixing trial

Three jailed in football match-fixing trial

Three members of a football betting ring have been given prison terms for their involvement in what officials have described as Europe's biggest match-fixing scandal.
The defendants admitted to betting on matches which had allegedly been fixed, and to have bribed players. They were charged in relation to 18 games up to Europa League level.
The longest sentence of 3 years 11 months was handed to a betting shop operator identified by the court only as Stevan R.
A gambler identified as Tuna A. received a three year, eight month sentence, while another shop operator was sentenced to three years.
It was not established beyond reasonable doubt whether matches were actually manipulated, nor was it clear whether players who accepted money were influenced by the payments.