Asians put millions on PSV-ADO and RKC-Excelsior

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On a list of 210 suspicious matches in European football produced by the public prosecutor's office in Bochum, regarding an investigation into the gambling gangster, Ante Sapina, two games from the Jupiler League are named: Volendam-Excelsior (1-0) on September 11, 2009 and De Graafschap-Telstar (2-1) on September 11, 2009.

The list will be published this month in an article by Raf Sauviller in the football magazine 'Hard Gras'. Another list includes five from Dutch competitions: SC Heerenveen-Excelsior (September 5, 2008, 2-5), PSV-ADO Den Haag (February 5, 2009, 6-0), SC Heerenveen-Sparta (14 March 2009, 5-1), Excelsior-RKC (April 17, 2009, 0-5).

The PSV home match included a total of EUR 900,000 in bets and for the away game at RKC, at least Eur 1.6 million in bets. In the other matches, the amounts vary between these two sums. According to the Belgian author, Raf Sauviller, the list comes from a well-known gambling gangster named Zoran, a UEFA informant.

Sauviller received the list from Peter Lima, head of Disciplinary Affairs of the UEFA European Football. The games involve too much money in wagers from an Asian angle and too much money bet on the same result. Such irregular issues fall immediately within a bookmakers control system in European football.

The research by Sauviller was given extra attention by Bert van Oostveen, the new KNVB (Dutch Football Association) director of football, who takes the fight against the manipulation of football games very seriously. Each tip he receives is followed up. Until now, there is no evidence that one single match has been fixed in Dutch professional football.

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