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Arrests in Hong Kong Football Gambling Raids

28 May 2001

HONG KONG –- As reported by the BBC: ``Forty people have been arrested in Hong Kong, suspected of being involved in illegal gambling on football matches.

``The police carried out raids across the territory and recovered betting slips worth over half a million dollars.

``The operation was carried out in the run-up to the European Champions League football final on Wednesday.

``The only legal forms of gambling in the territory are bets made through the Hong Kong Jockey Club on horse races, plus a public lottery.

``The territory's government is now considering legalising betting on football matches.

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