English Champions League tie was fixed, say European police

FOOTBALL authorities reacted with bemusement last night after Europol said a Champions League fixture played in England was among hundreds being probed for suspected match-fixing.

Investigators refused to specify which match, only to say that it had taken place in the last four years, but the Football Association said it was “not aware of any credible reports into suspicious Champions League fixtures in England, nor has any information been shared with us.”

European chiefs Uefa also said they were yet to receive “further information” from Europol, which said its 18-month probe had examined 680 matches, leading to 425 suspects and 50 arrests so far.

Europol said an Asia-based crime syndicate was behind the corrupt activity.