The brother of Barcelona forward Luis Suarez is at the centre of a match-fixing scandal in El Salvador according to reports.
Suarez has found himself in plenty of trouble over the years but it looks like his brother Paolo could be in serious hot water after he was accused by former team-mates of conspiring to fix games during his six year spell at El Salvador club Isidro Metapán. The 34-year-old denies any wrongdoing.
According to newspaper El Grafico there are three cases of match fixing being brought against Suarez, all of which date back to his time in El Salvador.
It is alleged that one game, Isidro Matapan's 8-0 thrashing against Pumas in 2012, was rigged and that Suarez was one of nine players who received $10,000 to throw the game. He was meant to be injured for the clash but started, only to limp off in the first half, allegedly to ensure he kept his share of the money.
A former team-mate also says that Suarez offered him $15,000 to throw a game against the Seattle Sounders, but he refused to cooperate.
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Speaking to El Grafico today Suarez has denied the claims, saying that the allegations made him 'sad'.
“I do not know what has been given to these people to besmirch my name," he said. "To accuse, they must have evidence, strong evidence, not gossip. I will soon retire from football, having made a career on the pitch and I’m not going to retire with a dirty image.
"They can investigate all they want and if they find something wrong then talk to me. It makes me sad. I think it’s awful to run my name through the mud and my other colleagues who gave their lives for Metapán."
Match fixing appears to be football's dirty little secret that few refuse to talk about. Scandals in Italy and in England have shown this isn't a problem far away - it's very close to home indeed.
The influence of gambling and criminality in football is a huge worry and needs to be addressed as soon as possible in order for the integrity of the beautiful game to stay in tact.
Do you think match fixing is a big problem, or do the authorities have it under control?
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