The match fixing scandal about to engulf European football is a strange one indeed.
A football match is a very difficult thing to fix isn’t it?
You have two teams of eleven so presumably at least 3-4 players (including the goalkeeper) would have to be in on the secret.
Perhaps the difficulties involved are highlighted by a guy I knew who played senior football in Scotland. His team were mid table and due to play a fixture against another mid table team. The classic end of season meaningless game. He and his team mates all bet on the opposing team to win.
Everything was going according to plan with the opponents winning 1-0 and with a few moments to go. John then got the ball on the edge of the box and decided to make it look as if he was having a long range shot, intending the ball to end up on the terracing.
So he whacked the ball but instead of it rising majestically above the crossbar, he sclaffed it and sent the ball spinning off a defender into the net!
If you were going to bet on a sporting contest it’s surely easier to fix a snooker/tennis/darts match eh?
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