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Georgian Soccer Referees Arrested In Alleged Spot-Fixing

  • RFE/RL's Georgian Service

Eight referees of Georgia's soccer league have been arrested in connection with alleged match fixing.

Georgia's Interior Ministry said in a statement issued on September 24, that the alleged scheme involved so-called spot betting in which odds are offered to number of yellow and red cards, as well as on penalties or other incidents during the match.

Eight referees, among them a FIFA referee qualified to officiate at international level, are accused of taking cash ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 in exchange for securing a certain number of bookings in matches they were officiating.

The Interior Ministry said that investigation is ongoing as some other referees are also suspected of being involved in the scam.

With reporting by civil.ge
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