Zurich: FIFA security director Ralf Mutschke believes the 500 plus qualifying matches so far for the 2014 World Cup have been clean of match-fixing. Mutschke tells the Associated Press " we don't have any leads that any match has been thrown." The full program of about 820 preliminary matches ends in November.
Speaking on the sidelines of a FIFA-sponsored conference on match-fixing and betting, Mutschke says "we are also confident that nothing will happen through the qualification."
Two months ago, Europol - the European Union police liaison agency - said it reviewed 680 suspicious recent matches, including some World Cup games. Mutschke says those World Cup allegations related to "old qualifiers and not for this tournament."
The German former Interpol officer says a bigger threat is crime syndicates infiltrating clubs.