Controversy has struck the Victorian Premier League as ten individuals have been arrested for match fixing while one club has been suspended.
The VPL has been facing issues with attracting clubs to join the Victorian section of the National Premier League and this scandal is sure to be a big hit to Victorian football.
The Victorian police revealed the match-fixing ring early on Sunday morning after raids in the early hours where they arrested ten individuals completing an investigation that began in August.
The Southern Stars club is the only one effected with all ten arrested involved in the club with nine players and one coach arrested with most of the players being English, playing in the VPL in the English off-season.
Both Football Federation Australia and Football Federation Victoria were both compliant with Victorian Police's investigations with FFA head David Gallop mentioning that they provided information to the investigation within 24 hours.
The arrests come as part of the Europol investigation in to match fixing in football all across the globe for the last two years that included the revelation that there were 380 games fixed from 2011-13.
The big match fixing syndicates come from Asia and as a result Australia is an attractive prospect for the match fixers as live matches are at convenient times.
Graham Ashton the Deputy Commissioner of the Victorian Police spoke about the winnings "It's believed there has been estimated betting winnings in Australia and overseas of more than $2 million identified to date in connection with this particular operation." He said in a statement.
The punishment for match fixing in Australia means that the ten men arrested for their involvement in the syndicate could face up to ten years prison when they face trial with a date yet to be set.
What is yet to be seen is how much this will impact on the formation of the NPL Victoria which is still struggling to get the numbers necessary, in a memory of the formation of the National Soccer League.