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Thousands arrested in World Cup gambling swoop


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Thousands arrested in World Cup gambling swoop

Five thousand people have been arrested across China and south-east Asia in coordinated crackdown on illegal betting on the football World Cup.
 
Police in China, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore launched raids during the month-long tournament, arresting organisers and gamblers alike.
 
They seized more than seven million euros in cash.
  
The raids were coordinated by the international police force Interpol at its headquarters in France.
 
Bank cars, mobile phones, computers and cars were also seized during the raids.
 
Gambling is highly restricted in communist China, ensuring brisk trade for Macau in the south.
  
It’s not yet clear if results on the pitch were influenced by the illegal betting. Interpol says this will form part of its wider investigation.
 
 

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