Soccer, UEFA

Massive match-fixing scandal in European football

11/21/09 in Soccer   |   guylake   |   321 respect

It has been a rough week for football's credibility in Europe this week. We started with Thierry Henry's hand ball which ousted Ireland from the 2010 World Cup. Then FIFA in it's infinite fairness rejected calls for a rematch, despite the fact that Henry himself thought it the right thing to do.

Then we have Robin van Persie's oddball treatment where he reportedly used human (or horse) placenta fluid to treat his injured ankle.

But the biggest news may be the match-fixing probe in Switzerland, Germany, England and six other countries which revealed that as many as 200 games were fixed by a Berlin-based gang this year. Unfortunately for Uefa's credibility, those matches include three in the Champions League and 12 Europa League games. Seventeen people (2 in Switzerland and 15 in Germany) have been arrested so far.

You can expect the conspiracy theorists to come out of the woodwork claiming every match their favorite club lost was fixed. Hell, with 200 matches under suspicion, they may be right.
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