London: English football is "100 percent clean" with no corrupt referees, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday as he expressed his surprise at the extent of the global match-fixing scandal that has cast a shadow over the game.
European police said on Monday that about 680 suspicious matches, including qualifiers for the World Cup and European championship and the Champions League, had been identified in a match-fixing inquiry.
Wenger said he doubted the problem extended to sport in England.
"I personally feel English football is clean of cheating 100 percent," the Frenchman told reporters in his pre-match briefing on the eve of Arsenal's visit to Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday. "I don't think referees are corrupt.
"In sport in general, I don't think at all it's a problem in the English game," he added. "That's why it's maybe a shock for us because we are convinced we live in a world in England where it's not a perfect world but I don't think cheating or match-fixing is a problem.