Fixing: It’s Not Just For Italians Anymore

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

Italian soccer is notorious for match fixing scandals. In recent years, the Calciopoli and Scommessopoli scandals have made Italy notorious for the underhanded practice. Well, England is now joining Italy in the game of “far-reaching match fixing conspiracies.”

Former Southampton captain Claus Lundekvam revealed in a Norwegian interview in January that he and several other premiership players engaged in pre-arranged fixing of various in-match events that could be wagered on. It’s called spot-fixing, and while it’s not as bad as match-fixing, it’s still bad.

“It’s not something I’m proud of,” Lundekvam said. “For a while we did this almost every week. We made a fair bit of money. We could make deals with the opposing captain about, for example, betting on the first throw, the first corner, who started with the ball, a yellow card or a penalty. Those were the sorts of thing we had influence over.”

“The results were never on the agenda,” he said. “That is something I would never have done. We were professional competitors. Even though what we did, of course, was illegal, it was just a fun thing.”

Lundekvam’s not the first South Coast legend to admit to these sorts of shenanigans. Fellow Saints legend Matt Le Tissier also once admitted to attempting to fix a throw-in and failing.

A spot-fixing scandal hit the world of cricket in 2010, ultimately resulting in three Pakistani players receiving prison sentences.

Full Story: ESPN

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