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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Police bust Australian match-fixing ring

Australian Police have busted a match fixing syndicate operating in the semi-professional Victorian Premier League, with ten people arrested in relation to the investigation.

Victoria Police made the arrests on Sunday, with nine players and the coach of the Southern Stars club facing charges under the Crimes Act for a string of illegal betting activity.

Fairfax Media reports many of the players involved are European and have helped create "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in winnings from betting on their own matches.

The Southern Stars sit bottom of the VPL and have been thrashed on a number of occasions this season, which allegedly alerted authorities to suspect betting trends.

Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop has commended the investigation and is focused on eradicating illegal activity from the game.

"The integrity of football is paramount," he said. "We provided information to Victoria Police within 24 hours of receiving an alert from our international betting integrity monitoring agents Sportradar, who then worked closely with the investigation team.

"The arrests today show that the integrity measures put in place by FFA are working to detect illegal betting activity. We're determined to keep football clean. Alongside other sports bodies in Australia and globally we must eradicate corrupt behaviour from sport."

All parties involved in the syndicate could be hit with life bands from football which would apply worldwide.

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