The Australian A-League has been included in investigations into match fixing, The Age reports, after it was alleged there was a match that attracted wagers of more than $40 million from Asian punters with Hong Kong bookies.
Federal Justice Minister Jason Clare said there was a case of match fixing under investigation, but didn’t specify the sport.
The Australian Crime Commission has also declined to detail its 12-month investigation but says “specific allegations had been passed to partner law enforcement agencies”, reports The Age.
''We're hopeful that criminal charges will be laid,'' commission chief executive John Lawler said.
International match-fixing investigators allegedly identified one A-League match after the betting plunge, which if true would have been well above usual betting figures – the number is more than Hong Kong agencies would get for the much higher profile English Premier League.
European Union law enforcement agency Europol this week said that nearly 700 games around the world were potentially fixed.
Fairfax Media said it had “chosen not to reveal the game for legal reasons”.
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