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Suspicions of corruption on an Algerian football match: two indictments

Numerous "atypical" bets on the exact number of goals scored during the DRB Tadjenanet-ES Setif match alerted the authorities.

The World with AFP Posted today at 10:27

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RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

Two men were indicted on Wednesday, May 15, for suspicion of match arranged in Algeria involving one of the largest clubs in the country, ES Setif, announced the Interregional Specialized Jurisdiction (Jirs) of Nancy, in charge of investigation.

The two men, aged between 20 and 30 years old, were placed under judicial supervision, said Vice-Prosecutor of the Jirs, Vincent Légaut.

They were arrested Tuesday by the Central Service Racing and Games (SCCJ) and then placed in custody for "Organized gang scam".

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Three other suspects had been arrested and "Many people heard" in open court, said Mr. Légaut, without specifying the number. All were released because of insufficient charges, he added.

A source close to the case said Tuesday that seven people were heard in this case.

In a match between DRB Tadjenanet and ES Setif on May 12, 2018, an operator reported «Many atypical bets spent on an exact score with significant bets compared to the usual bets»said Mr. Légaut.

Widespread corruption

These "Atypical paris" were also identified by the monitoring system of the Regulatory Authority for Online Gaming (Arjel).

The match ended in a 3-2 victory for DRB Tadjenanet against ES Setif. Of the five goals, three had been scored by penalty.

"The sums bet are not astronomical, but on the exact score, the odds are 40 to 1 and the gains are quickly to tens of thousands of euros", said Tuesday a source close to the file.

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A number of bets having been made in the region of Metz, the Jirs de Nancy was seized. "We do not know the modus operandi, nor the link between the corruption facts that take place in Algeria and the bets made in France"observed the magistrate.

In 2018, the BBC broadcast an investigation with anonymous witnesses describing corruption as a widespread phenomenon in Algerian football.

Another judicial investigation was opened in France for suspicious bets in the Alpes-Maritimes on a Tunisian first division match between Ben Guerdane and Metlaoui (1-0, April 7). In this case, it is the amount of bets taken at points of sale in the same area, more than 35,000 euros, which led the French games to suspend bets and alert the authorities.

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