On February 17, El Confidencial informed that Spanish police had reported about match-fixing in Cyprus to UEFA.
On January 8, a former striker of Juventus and Olympiacos Darko Kovachevich was shot in the suburbs of Athens. Serbian newspaper accused ex-teammate Kovachevich Raul Bravo of organizing the assassination.
On January 17, the car of the referee Andreas Konstantin was blown up in Cyprus. The referee was not injured.
According to investigators, these events are related to the interests of the Spanish syndicate, which organized match-fixing matches in Spain and Cyprus.
During operations Cortes and Pizarro in 2018, Spanish police arrested more than 50 football players and people close to football, including Raul Bravo, on charges of organizing match-fixing in Spain.
The syndicate had interests in Cyprus and the link between them was the Spanish footballer AEK Jorge Laren from Larnaca. From 2001 to 2006, he played for the Atletico Madrid.
According to El Confidencial, the Spanish police are aware of four contractual matches in the 2017/18 season: two in the Cyprus Championship and two in the Cup. All of them were fixed with the participation of AEK, including the Cyprus Cup final, where AEK defeated Apollo 2:1. The syndicate gains € 840,000.
A source that is close to law enforcement said to El Confidencial that the problem is deeper than dishonest betting at bookmakers. Institutional corruption is everywhere in Cyprus: in clubs, among judges and officials. Outside the football field, places in the standings and participants in European competitions are determined.
AEK spokesman said the club is shocked by the investigation of El Confidencial.