The football referees admitted to fixing matches in Cyprus. Among the suspicious duels is the meeting of Śląsk Wrocław with the Slovak team FC Nitra.
Journalist material on fixing sparring matches is the result of an investigation based on Football Leaks documents run by a group of journalists, including from Romania and Russia. The text has been published on The Black Sea website.
The journalist investigation shows that in 2016, 2017 and 2018, during the winter preparations, many friendly matches were fixed. For the most part, the judges appointed by the organizer of the groupings – trails lead to the Chinese transfer agent Eric Mao, and behind it all stood bookmakers from Singapore.
According to the Football Leaks investigation, for the last three years, at least eight judges, mostly false, from Romania, Portugal and Latvia participated in the matches. They ran 32 meetings of teams from Russia (15), three from Poland and Cyprus, two from Serbia and the Czech Republic and one from Switzerland, Slovakia, Belarus, Moldova, Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Latvia and Hungary. Silviu Pusteuca, former goalkeeper of Dynamo Bucharest, admitted to taking part in the scams.
The materials also include the name of Alex Dragmir, Romanian, known as “influential and very dangerous”, linked to a Hungarian Mariusz Vizer, former president of the SportAccord organization (associates Olympic and non-Olympic federations from around the world), friend of Vladimir Putin. Interrogated for allegations of corruption in his country, Dragomir was to say that “a very important person in Hungary” instructed him a contact with Mao.