Police charge 19 people in match-fixing scandal

Czech and Slovak police have charged at least 19 people suspected of match-fixing and illegal betting in Czech and Slovak soccer leagues and summoned more than 20 others for questioning. Twelve of the players charged with bribe taking are from the Czech Republic. A group of Slovaks reportedly masterminded the match-fixing and illegal betting scam both here in the Czech Republic and neighbouring Slovakia. According to the Slovak police president the group fixed at least 19 matches, among them top-league games, dividing over 200,000 euro among Czech and Slovak players.