A European crime syndicate bribed Canadian soccer players to fix a semiprofessional game between Trois-Rivieres and Toronto teams as part of an international game-fixing scheme to make money from
online bets, reports CBC news.
At least one game in the CSL, a semipro league operating in Ontario and Quebec as a feeder system for Canadian major league clubs, was compromised by game-fixing, according to the German wiretap transcripts.
Wiretaps show the crime syndicate targeted a Sept. 12, 2009, game in Trois-Rivières between its home team, Attak, and the Toronto Croatia. Bribes of $18,500 were paid to several players on the Toronto Croatia team according to court documents.
"I remember my goal, it was the free kick for us," said former Trois-Rivières player Reda Aggouram. "One of our players took the free kick, and then the goalie, he didn't punch it away, he punched it in front of the net, and then I took the rebound."