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Coercing or enticing players, officials and administrators into rigging matches has netted fixers millions of dollars while soccer is left counting the cost to its integrity.  The problem is widespread, says Terry Steans, who has worked as an investigator for soccer's world governing body, FIFA.  "I never thought it would be across the globe but it is, and that's the most surprising thing to me (along with) the consummate ease with which fixers gained access to football,"  In February last year, the European Union's law enforcement agency, Europol announced that 680 matches (380 of them in Europe) played between 2008 and 2011 were under suspicion of being rigged.  "This is the work of a suspected organized crime syndicate based in Asia and operated with criminal networks around Europe," Rob Wainwright, director of Europol said following an 18-month probe.  But match fixing extends far beyond Europe's borders with scandals uncovered in Asia, Africa and Latin America in recent years.

Internet, Mobile & Sports Betting

Both states have legalized forms of online gaming.  Growth of online gambling has been hindered, though, by payment processing problems due to credit card companies refusing to accept gaming-based transactions. PayPal could potentially solve all those issues.





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