Law enforcers from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam
were involved in the crackdown.
He added: “All m88 sport is open to levels of corruption and
football is no different but to have youth team matches involved was
outside the realms of our thinking.
The swoop comes just 48 hours after the Daily Record exposed their
involvement in Scottish football.
The revelations that youth games were becoming big business in Asia
have shocked Rangers Academy coaches.
Interpol executive director Jean-Michel Louboutin hailed
yesterday’s operation as a major victory in the war against illegal
But we’ve done as much as we can to help steer our young
players in the right direction.”
He said: “This operation has not only seriously affected the
activities of organised crime gangs throughout Asia.
“It has also served as an excellent test of national, regional
and international police co-operation ahead of the 2008 Olympic
INTERPOL arrested 423 people yesterday in the fight against illegal
Asian betting rings.
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We revealed that SPL reserve and under-21 games have been targeted
by Far East football punters who are wagering millions of pounds on the
outcome of matches.
Police have shut down 272 gambling dens which were thought to have
handled pounds 340million worldwide.
“It’s incredible to find out there is so much being waged
on our youth team games.
They have taken steps to protect their kids from being lured into
Murray Park Academy technical manager Tommy Wilson said he was
amazed to learn of the betting.
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