FC Eindhoven Involved in Match Fixing Probe

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The police are investigating the possible involvement of FC Eindhoven in the major European football match fixining saga. Club President Ed Creemers has confirmed this to be true to "Omroep Brabant", but said that it wasn't a huge concern. FC Eindhoven is the first Dutch club to come under the microscope, but it will probably not be the last.

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UEFA (European Football Association) and the police have both independently informed the KNVB (Dutch Football Association) of an 'excessive presence' of Chinese fans making telephone calls in the FC Eindhoven stands, the so-called 'Chinese-ringers'. FC Eindhoven is being monitored in the far-reaching investigation into malpractice in European football.

Edwin Huybers, general manager of FC Eindhoven, has himself witnessed an 'unusal' number of Asians in the stands of the Jan Louwers stadium. Huybers was quoted in the Eindhoven Dagblad as saying, "They (the Asians) were continuously calling and passing on match details. That struck us as unusal, so then we ourselves (FC Eindhoven) decided to investigate who they were and what they were doing. We have documented it and passed it on to the police."

"But who says, 'we should not do anything, because it is not illegal to communicate details from a match'. The KNVB and the police are welcome to join our investigation. If the authorities want to know more, then we will fully cooperate."

On Asian online gambling websites it is possible, for example, to bet on the number of corners or the number of yellow cards in a match. Such outcomes are easier to manipulate than the actual outcome of a game.

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