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Wales Coach Coleman Witnessed Game-Fixing in Spain, Greece
ESPN Soccernet, February 6th, 2013 11:21AM

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In response to the Europol investigation of nearly 700 games worldwide on suspicion of match-fixing, Wales coach Chris Coleman says that in his time spent abroad, he felt that “something was going on” while he was a coach in Spain with Real Sociedad and Greece with Larissa.

"I've managed in Spain, I've managed in Greece. Some of the games I've been involved in, I can tell you, wasn't fair,” Coleman told Sky Sports News. "Something was going on. You can't pinpoint it, but you know there's something going on because of the decisions that are made during the 90 minutes, or even some of the performances of the opposition. You're scratching your head, bizarre things - so you know there's something not quite right.” He added: "I didn't know anybody that was connected with it, but it was different to what I've been used to."

Coleman, who has also been head coach at Fulham and Coventry City, said he had never witnessed anything suspicious in Britain. "I can honestly say, hand on my heart, and I'm proud to say that in all my experience of managing on our island, I've never been suspicious of anything - never been suspicious of a referee being corrupt, never been suspicious of my own players or the opposition players or the opposition manager, anybody on my staff. I've never ever seen it, honestly.” He added that the Europol revelation is “frightening, really, startling, and shameful.”

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