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"In Germany there are players willing to manipulate"


Michael Bahrs has been investigating organized crime for years. Here he talks about the influence of the betting mafia in Germany.

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Bahrs, 48, is chief detective, he has been investigating organized crime for years and, as a member of Bochum's "Soko Flankengott", fought match-fixing in football.

He has just published the book "Crimes against Soccer".


Mr. Bahrs, when was the last time you watched a game where you thought: something is wrong here?


I regularly receive reports of possibly manipulated games.

I was brought to my attention by someone just this morning about two suspicious foreign games.


How often does that happen?


Sometimes I get several tips in a week, sometimes just one in three weeks.

Due to the corona pandemic, there have been less noticeable games recently.

But even in the so-called ghost games without spectators, I get tips from people who know that I'm doing it.


What do you do with it?


First I try to find excerpts from the game, for example on YouTube, to get an impression myself.

Then I write a note and pass it on to the public prosecutor with the note: Have a look at this.

Often it ends up at the Federal Criminal Police Office because no German interests are affected.

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