Match-fixing: The not so beautiful game
Match-fixing issues threaten to destroy football as we know it
Match-fixing is becoming an increasingly more prominent issue in football.
There have been various claims of match-fixing, but everyone seems to ignore them. It has now come to the point where it is beyond a joke. Football matches are being completely ruined due to the disgraceful behaviour of some clubs.
Match-fixing in football has never really been an issue that we have shown much interest in, but now we are becomingly increasingly more aware and annoyed at what is going on.
In 2006, it really came to the forefront when a match-fixing scandal erupted involving Italy’s top professional football leagues, Serie A and Serie B. The scandal was uncovered in 2006 by Italian police, implicating league champions Juventus and other major teams including AC Milan, Fiorentina and Lazio, when a number of telephone interceptions showed a thick network of relations between team managers and referee organisations.
Juventus were the champions of Serie A at the time. The teams were accused of rigging games by selecting favourable referees. All the teams stated were found guilty, but Juventus were relegated to Serie B.
Whilst this is clearly a severe punishment, it still does not seem like a harsh enough penalty. There was a call to kick the teams out of the Italian league, but this never materialised.
Recently, match-fixing has popped up again, but this time in the La Liga. According to Spanish league vice-president Javier Tebas, La Liga games have been fixed in the past, and it is becoming a major problem.
Speaking to ESPN, Tebas said: "Games have been bought. There is the real truth and then legal truth.
"Match-fixing exists, but you need to be able to prove it to be able to impose a punishment.
"We are trying to uncover the cheats because there are some, and even if there is just one, for me that is a scandal."
Match-fixing in La Liga came to the forefront last season when a number of unexpected results towards the end of the season occurred. Racing Santander manager Alvaro Cervera and Granada president Quique Pina claimed that Real Zaragoza’s escape from relegation, which included four wins in their last four games, had been suspicious.
There was also evidence of match-fixing when Real Madrid played Valencia recently. Madrid won 2-0, but their victory was akin to daylight robbery. Valencia striker Roberto Soldado was called offside three times in the match when he was clean through on goal. However, each one of these offsides was miraculously onside when reviewed on the replays.
On the other hand, Andres Guardado’s own goal took a clear deflection of Gonzalo Higuain’s arm when watching the replay in slow motion, and Valencia were also denied a penalty for a clear handball by Raul Albiol.
Match-fixing needs to be stopped before it goes any further, it's ruining matches and degrading the once prestigious reputation football had.
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