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A whopping 1,200 people have been arrested during the first few days of the 2022 Qatar World Cup for illegally betting on tournament games.
According to a new report from the Royal Thai Police, around £10,000 was made by the group who had hosted or joined illegal football betting platforms.
The report was made by the Assistant to the Commissioner General of the RTP, Phanurat Lakboon, who said that around 1,200 people were arrested in total between November 19 to 23.
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Of those, 1,126 people were arrested for betting using a paper-based system, while the majority of the rest were taken away for using online gambling platforms.
A total of 12 people were charged with organising the entire set-up – although the police hasn't yet confirmed which games were bet on and how the money was made.
Others were charged in connection with the gambling ring, but their specific roles have not yet been detailed.
During that four-day period, the games to take place were host Qatar losing 2-0 to Ecuador, England thrashing Iran 6-2, the Netherlands comfortable 2-0 win over Senegal, a thrilling 1-1 draw between Wales and the USA, Argentina's shock 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia, two boring 0-0 draws between Mexico and Poland, and Denmark and Tunisia respectively, and France's 4-1 destruction of Australia.
Five games took place yesterday (Wednesday, November 23), including Japan's shock 2-1 win over Germany and Spain's 7-0 goalfest win over Costa Rica.
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According to local reports, there have also been arrests in nearby Vietnam, where the Public Security Department of Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai Province raided 15 locations over the five day period to make the mass arrests.
It is thought that the gambling rings are somehow connected, although this has yet to be proven.
In Thailand, if you're found guilty of braking the Gambling Act, you could face anywhere between one and 10 years in prison, as well as being forced to pay a fine between £1,000 and £10,000.
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