Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A sad day for football - who's to blame?

This is one of the biggest and worst scandals to ever hit football. It doesn't matter if you support Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus or anyone else, today all football fans must unite in their fury with the announcement that is about to take world sport by a storm.

The European police agency (Europol) yesterday revealed that a wide-ranging investigation into match-fixing has uncovered more than 380 games deemed to be suspicious. 380 matches over the last 3-4 years have been involved in match fixing! To put it in perspective for you…there are 365 days in a year. Just saying.

These games include World Cup and European Championship qualifiers, and two UEFA Champions league matches (one of which was in England). The question is: who’s to blame for all this? Not the Italians this time, so you can all stick the Calciopoli jokes down your (insert body part here). Here are some facts of the investigation:
  • The probe has covered at least 7 million in betting profits
  • 1.27 million in bribes to players and officials
  • 425 corrupt officials, players and serious criminals in 15 countries
  • 50 arrests have been made so far
  • The main culprits are Asian gambling cartels
  • Another 300 matches are being studied in Asia, South America and Africa (so it’s actually a total of 680 matches)

We’ve seen scandals being found out about pretty easily in Italy. But I wouldn’t bet against match fixing taking place in all other leagues in Europe too, but to a certain extent (fouls, throw-ins, free-kicks, cards given…etc). For example, Matthew Le Tissier admitted that he was once involved in sucha bet that ended up not working…for a throw-in! But now, in 2013, we’ve just found out that the sport we love and live for has been plagued with cheats all over the place. It’s sad. Can you imagine that all the matches we’re watching have got an element of cheating behind them? We invest so much time, energy and emotions into football that it feels like we’re the ones being cheating on by these people that are fooling us all by accepting bundles of cash to alter the outcome of matches. So who’s to blame?

Well, obviously all the people involved are complete idiots to start with. But given the fact that football is the most commercial sport in the world, you’ve got to imagine that all the professionals involved in this sport want a bigger piece of the pie as human greed always comes into play. So for example, when you’re aware that the average salary of a referee in Europe is 5000 euros per game, but that the average footballer earns at least 5 times that amount per week, then you’ve got to imagine that the men in black are going to want to look for ways to make more cash. Could you imagine referees earning similar wages to the players? Do you think they would accept bribes? I doubt it.

The referees already spend their time being abused by supporters and players. These guys are also under huge scrutiny by the worldwide media (Thank you internet) who judge and slate them on a weekly basis. So I actually don’t blame them for looking to make the extra cash for it. In fact, I blame UEFA, FIFA or whoever the hell is responsible for their salaries. Pay them handsomely and you’ll get the rewards of professionalism. Pay them badly, well…you know the rest.

To end this, let’s just take a wild guess at the 2 games that took place in the Champions League that were fixed. According to some media, the game that took place in England was Liverpool 1-0 Debrecen in 2009 (click here to read more about it and all its details, it was mainly Debrecen's goalkeeper at fault). However, the other game that took place in the Champions League has not yet been revealed or spoken about. But, and I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking this, but I’m pretty sure someone in Zagreb will have something to say about it. So will the men from Lyon. (Click here)

Who is to blame for this mess? 

1 comment:

  1. I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.