General Article Match-fixing creates a dark cloud over English football

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As the days go by, more and more scandals are being brought to the public’s attention with former AC Milan player, Gattuso, the most recent high-profile footballer to have allegedly been involved in match-fixing in Serie A.

This follows on from Sam Sodje, an ex-Portsmouth player, telling an undercover reporter he could arrange yellow and red cards in exchange for money and Blackburn’s DJ Campbell being arrested along with six other people in connection with allegations of match and spot-fixing.

This is not the first time that a match-fixing scandal has plagued the world of football. Just in February of this year, Europol identified 380 matches in Europe which were claimed to have been fixed and a further 300 more around the world. Their investigation recognised 425 suspects and 50 people were arrested. There was even the allegation by a Turkish official that the Champions League, Europe’s most prestigious club competition, was fixed by using vibrating balls for the draw.


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