21st June 2022, 19:44
Spain’s Policia Nacional says a joint operation is underway with Europol and Interpol into an organisation dedicated to football match fixing in the Royal Spanish Football Federation & the Gibraltar National League.
Arrests have been made in southern Spain, but so far there has been no involvement by the GIbraltar authorities.
The comment on social media by Spain’s Policia Nacional confirms it’s working with Interpol & Europol. They say 10 people have been detained in Badajoz, Sevilla, Almería & Cádiz.
Spanish press reports suggest the investigation concerns match fixing in Spain's Segunda and Tercera Divisions.
The Policia Nacional also mentions the Gibraltar National League also but provides no detail.
In answer to GBC questions, the Gibraltar Football Association, the Royal Gibraltar Police and the Gambling Commissioner say they have so far not had any involvement in the investigation.
The Gibraltar FA told us its Integrity Unit has been in contact with the RGP and will continue to attempt to gain more information from its counterparts in Spain in relation to this matter. It says it will of course assist where necessary.
The Gibraltar FA has emphasised it monitors irregular betting closely, using UEFA’s Betting Fraud Detection System and other resources and will continue to do so in the new season.
In 2019, the GFA fined a total of 18 players and staff registered with the association for breach of its betting rules, which do not allow betting on any football match in any league.