Handballs are only the beginning: fraud in international football - Macleans.ca
 

Handballs are only the beginning: fraud in international football


 

German prosecutors are investigating almost 200 high-level soccer games in a match-fixing inquiry that is shaking European football.

My friend Declan Hill deserves some credit for getting the investigation rolling with his book, The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime. He explains in his blog.

UPDATE: Colleague Charlie Gillis covers the story in detail in the print edition of this week’s mag.



 

Handballs are only the beginning: fraud in international football

  1. I watch Spanish and English football and part of me wants to put head in sand. It has not touched those two countries yet.

    However, this is really bad for the sport. Corrupting Cham League is big deal. Sport has to be perceived as being fair, not predetermined, obviously.

    Betting is corrupting world sports. Cricket has been infected as well.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6493937.stm

  2. Declan's book was panned by soccer "experts" in Canada, including John Doyle at the Globe and Richard Starnes at the Citizen. Hooray for Declan!

  3. i played soccer in high school – trevor youngbird pounded a goal in with his hand once and the refs didn't call it…oh well!