12 people, most of them arbitrators, have been arrested by the Bosnian police, on suspicion of incurring in arranging matches between teams belonging to the country’s second division.
The information was released through a statement issued by the prosecutors acting in the case, who indicated that the investigation involves executives and officials members of the regional football associations.
Prosecutors said these people are “suspected of demanding and receiving, during 2019, gifts and other forms of benefits, to fix the results of certain matches” that were played in the Muslim-Croatian half of Bosnia.
“Within this operation we arrested twelve people, suspected of organized crime and abuse of power,” police spokesman Luka Miladinovic said.
During the operation, police raided the residences of several suspects in the cities of Orasje and Samac, located in the northeastern part of the country and also the city of Novi Travnik, located in central Bosnia, he added.