On the Australian Match-Fixing Scandal
We should not be surprised by this news.
One, the fixers have hit matches in North America, Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia. They have destroyed the credibility of leagues. They have fixed matches from semi-professional all the way up to the Champions League and international matches.
Two, the structure of this alleged scam is not new. We have seen it in Canada. A group of foreign players arrive. They are better than the native players. They can win or lose on demand. A team can make more money from the games they lose, then they can winning games. Bingo! Lots of cash for the fixers.
Feature article coming in The Age– stay tuned for it.
And, my next book The Insider’s Guide to Match-Fixing in Football – is out in October. It will explain many of the details of how this industry functions.