Mafia bosses target “soccer referees with bribes of up to £ 25,000” to get them to swing matches, claims a leaked memo sent to European governing bodies, including the FA
- A memo warned governing bodies of the complexities of cybercrime
- The criminals want to bribe referees to host European games
- English officials are not believed to have been targeted by the gangs
Mafia bosses are reportedly targeting UEFA referees with offers of £ 25,000 to bribe them to host football matches.
The Sun says referees are being attacked with sophisticated cybercrime software that was refined during the pandemic.
The Sun claims to have seen a memo warning, “The corrupt have used cybercrime tactics not previously seen in reported messages from corrupt, possibly spilling over the tactics of more sophisticated groups, or even the possibility of one Cooperation with such indicates. ” Groups.
Mafia bosses reportedly target UEFA referees with offers of £ 25,000 in bribes
“This development was possibly accelerated by the lockdown of Covid, in which cyber criminals diversified as well as intensified their criminal activities, according to Europol.”
The football association is said to be one of several organizations to which the memo was sent.
The report adds that the criminal gangs are believed to be based in Asia.
English umpires are not believed to have been targeted but the messages were broadcast in English.
UEFA hosts three competitions across Europe – the Champions League, the Europa League and the Europa Conference League.
The games are presided over by referees from countries across the continent.