Match Fixing in the Netherlands?

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Rumors are growing about the possibility of bribery in Dutch professional soccer, also known as "match fixing". It is more and more likely that a similar scandal to that of Italy will arise.

The KNVB has received a tip about match fixing after the publication of the book "Football & Mafia". An unidentified person contacted the KNVB, after becoming aware of match fixing from reading the book. Bert van Oostveen, director of the KNVB announced that this new information would be taken very seriously.

"Following all the publicity surrounding the book, we received a new tip," said Van Oostveen to Voetbal International. More than a year ago, a tip was passed on over possible bribery at the KNVB. "It's a gentleman who says he has information about this problem and that he wants to talk about it. I have relayed this to the people with whom it concerns." Oostveen said.

Meanwhile, the Ministers Ivo Opstelten (Justice) and Edith Schippers (Sports) have informed the house via letter that they have decided to investigate match fixing in the Netherlands. Until recently Minister Schippers felt that match fixing was purely a matter for the KNVB, but now it appears that international organised crime has penetrated the Italian Euro 2012 team, the mood has changed.

At present Schippers does not believe there is any concrete evidence that match fixing is also present in the Netherlands. "But since I announced that we undertake an investigation, all sorts of people have reported information via the media. I urge those people to pass that information on to us."

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