The beautiful game's ugly underside was exposed on Monday as one of Europe's senior crime fighters revealed hundreds of games are under investigation in what he described as "a sad day for European football."
Recent match-fixing scandals have centered on South Korea and South Africa, but Europol believes the highest levels of the game are now no longer safe with alleged corruption in two Champions League matches discovered, including one played in England, with 680 games in all being probed across the globe.
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Whoever they find involved in this should be banned for life. No mercy.
Sports is show business. As the Dallas Cowboys coach once commented, "Our goal is not to win games but to make money. Sometimes they are two different things."
Bribes up to $190,000 . . . was Lance Armstrong involved???
380 games for only 140,000 Euros? That's a bargain.
humans being human
I'm sure it has happened in the NFL. The old saying in sports is, "If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying."
Why do so many spectators and fans pretend to be shocked when they hear that professional athletes take bribes to throw games, in addition to injecting themselves with steroids, growth hormone, and anything else that helps? Many athletes can wield a hypodermic needle so well that they reduce registered nurses to amateurs.
This is the big-time entertainment industry, not a Sunday School softball outing.
This doesn't surporise me. There is corruption in every sport.
Corruption in sports pales in comparison to the corruption in our government & religious organizations
You got that right.
Makes the corruption in sports look mild in comparison.
In related news, the International Cycling Union banned Lance Armstrong from ever participating in organized soccer games...
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