Francesco Baranca: at least five "strange" matches are played in Spain in each football round

30 April 2017

The head of non-profit organization Federbet Francesco Baranca had declared that the scandal over Eldense football club which was accused of organizing fixed matches is only the tip of the iceberg.

Francesco Baranca

"We had a feeling that there was something wrong with Eldense over the fortnight and during the match against Cornellà we were not surprised" — Mr. Baranka said in an interview to La Informacion.

According to the expert’s opinion, Eldense football club is only one of 50 teams representing the lower Spanish divisions which were on Federbet’s radar one way or another.

"Each matchday is composed at least of five games in which we doubt. Most often these are Segunda's B and Tercera’s meetings. Football is a sport that is considered to experience the highest level of fraud matches because there are used the highest possible bets" — the expert underlined.

Also Francesco Baranca noted that, despite the strange behavior of odds during the match, it is very difficult to find unquestionable facts. "In order the football federation got interested in such matches something extremely unusual is needed to happen. For example the loss of Eldense with the score 0:12" — the head of Federbet declared.

Mr. Baranka also told about the mechanism of the organization of such fixed matches. Entire "agencies" that are specializing on the organization of fixed matches are created. The most popular way is bribery of players. Criminal groups are able to spend up to €500 000 ($537 000) for one match. According to the expert, the football player gets for necessary result the amount of money starting from €10 000 to €100 000 (from $10,700 to $107 000). Besides organizers propose the players to increase the fee by betting against themselves, and in such cases the sportsmen are trying to gain the necessary outcome by any means.

"And one more important point: in case of loss organizers don't demand from the football players to pay back the money. They just wait for the next easy opportunity and try to scoop a large profit. And football players repay their debts from this money" — Francesco Baranca explained.

The expert also underlined that such cases occur not only in football. Federbet every week reveals more than 50 "strange" matches worldwide. According to Mr. Baranca, corruption can be seen in tennis where the tennis player can get about €10 000 ($10,700) just for the fact that he will lose his serve.

Let us remind that the Spanish club "Eldense" had lost to youth team of Barcelona with the score 0:12. Right after the match the club authorities declared that they terminate their cooperation with the Italian investors, and also they cease all matches in the championship before the end of investigation.

The police is suspecting club of another four matches which could be fixed ones. Five people were arrested, among them- the head coach of team and the representative of investors who told about the organization of fixed matches by the Italian mafia.

Read also: Fixed matches of Eldense were organized by the Italian mafia

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