In Bochum, Germany, the trial against a number of people involved in the biggest betting scandal in European football began last Wednesday. They are accused of manipulating the result of around two hundred games of football across Europe in exchange for money. The judicial inquiry involves the investigation of the activities of 250 people in total.
According to the investigators, seventeen Belgian second division matches were fixed in one way or another and Belgian football club, UR Namen, played the leading role. In the 2008-2009 season, prosecutors have stated that the matches between Antwerp-Lier (1-1) and Lierse-Beveren (3-2) were also rigged. Four players are under investigation in this judicial inquiry: Darko Pivaljevic, still playing for Antwerp FC, Peter Bojovic, Predrag Tistovic and Slobodan Slovic.
The betting scandal comprises fraud involving games in Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia. Even some Europa League matches have come under the spotlight.