Following the revelation that two Belize players were offered large sums of money to fix its 6-1 loss to the United States in the Gold Cup earlier this week, FIFA and Concacaf identified a man whom they believe has also tried to fix games in other countries.
The soccer governing bodies are still investigating the allegations made by Belize players Ian Gaynair and Woodrow West, who said they rejected the offer, made on Sunday, and immediately reported it. According to theAP, a CONCACAF rep later showed them a photo of a man being investigated for match-fixing in other countries, and the players confirmed it was the same man.
"So this isn't just about our country or a one-time thing," Belize coachIan Mork said after practice. "This is something much bigger. We're just trying our best to compete at this level," the American added. "I could see how they would be targets, I guess, but our minds don't really go there. It was a big shock."
Gaynair, a defender who scored Belize's only goal against the U.S., said only that the man asked them to "assure him that we would lose the match." West added: "We turned the offer down. We did what we were supposed to. FIFA has control of that now." Read the original story...