CHISINAU, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Half of the teams in Moldova’s top soccer league have been involved in match fixing and four suspects have already been detained, the European Union law enforcement agency Europol and Moldavian anti-corruption officials said on Wednesday.

“Club executives, coaches, managers, football players and other intermediates are believed to be part of the network,” Europol said in a statement, adding that nearly 20 football matches might have been fixed in the current 2020-2021 season.

It said criminals would influence the outcome of the games and bet mostly in Asian markets.

Bets amounted between 10,000 and 20,000 euros for a single fixed match,แทงบอล/ with the criminal profits estimated at 600,000 euros ($725,000).

Europol said it was supporting Moldova’s national anti-corruption center in dismantling an organized crime group involved in the fixing.

The anti-corruption center said it suspected 11 people of bribing players and fixing the results of matches.

Soccer authorities declined to comment.

Maia Sandu, a former World Bank economist who favors closer ties with the European Union, defeated the pro-Moscow incumbent Igor Dodon in last month’s Moldavian presidential election, แทงบอล promising to fight corruption in the tiny republic.

The eastern European country of 3.5 million, where the West and Russia vie for influence, has been rocked in recent years by instability and corruption scandals, including the disappearance of $1 billion from the banking system.

($1 = 0.8277 euros) (Reporting by Alexander Tanas, writing by Pavel Polityuk, editing by Mark Potter)