10 arrested over international soccer match fixing ring

POLICE have arrested 10 people as part of an investigation to smash a multi-million dollar match-fixing ring centred on the Victorian Premier League, acting on a series of warrants throughout Melbourne.

Victorian Police - through its Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit and Purana Taskforce - began the operation in August, following information from the Football Federation of Australia.

Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton said match fixed posed a particular threat to Australian sport, but police were gathering evidence to "make it difficult for organised crime to infiltrate our sporting codes".

Winnings in connection with this particular operation is believed to eclipse $2 million, according to police.

Those arrested are expected to face match-fixing charges.

Football Federation Australia chief David Gallop commended the work of the police, saying the integrity of the sport was "paramount".

"Alongside other sports bodies in Australia and globally, we must eradicate corrupt behaviour from sport," he said.

The FFA will also charge those arrested on Sunday under its own code of conduct, which could include a lifetime ban from competitions worldwide.

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