Fifa to investigate World Cup match-fixing claims
Fifa has confirmed it is going to examine match-fixing claims by El Salvador players that they were provided bribes to fix the result of a Planet Cup qualifier with Canada.
Football's governing physique released a statement on Tuesday right after an audio recording was played at a press conference, allegedly detailing a Salvadoran businessman, Ricardo Padilla, passing on information and facts of an supply from a Honduran businessman.
Padilla, a former president of El Salvador club Alianza FC, told a newspaper in the country that he was not asking the players to match-fix."Let them investigate. People that desire to see it as a thing terrible can see it that way and those that choose to see it as something excellent then they can too," he told La Prensa Grafica.
El Salvador are bottom of Concacaf Group A and in theory had nothing to play for, but a huge loss to Canada could potentially have jeopardised Honduras' qualification.
The figures involved weren't huge, amounting to $30 per player for each minute played inside a win, $20 for every minute within a draw, $15 for every minute inside a 1-0 loss, however they would acquire nothing if they lost by a mrgin greater than 1-0
As reported by the Telegraph, a Fifa spokesman mentioned: "Fifa is conscious of the claims made by the El Salvadorian national football squad in relation to match-fixing in the qualifiers for the 2018 Fifa World Cup.
"In co-operation using the respective organisations and authorities, Fifa is seeking into this matter.
"Fifa does comment on irrespective of whether or not investigations are underway into alleged circumstances of match manipulation so as not to compromise any probable investigations."In 2013, 14 El Salvador internationals were issued with life bans for match-fixing but current captain Nelson Bonilla, who brought the attempted bribe to light, insisted that he and his team-mates wanted to try and root out corruption.
"In reference to what we heard, we need to make it clear that we're against anything of this sort," he told reporters."We choose to be transparent about almost everything that has occurred using the national team."