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The team that can't shoot straight
by Paul Kennedy, December 15th, 2009 7:01AM



[MATCH-FIXING SCANDAL] How bad has the Canadian national team fallen? Out of Europe comes word that its recent friendly against Macedonia may have been fixed, and Canada couldn't take advantage of two penalty kicks it was awarded by Bulgarian referee Anton Genov. Iain Hume and Simeon Jackson both missed from the penalty kick and Canada went on to lose, 3-0. UEFA is investigating whether Genov awarded four penalty kicks -- Goran Pandev converted the second of two penalties for Macedonia one minute into stoppage time -- as part of a scheme by Asian bettors to collect on the over/under, which was 2.5.

The Canadian Soccer Association has denied that any Canadian players were involved in a bid to fix the game.

Canada was involved in a match-fixing scandal in 1986, shortly after its only appearance at the World Cup. Four players were arrested on charges of fixing games in a tournament in Singapore. Criminal charges were later dropped but they were suspended by the CSA for "bringing the game into disrepute."


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