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CSKA President Pays Incentives to Other Clubs, and is Proud of It

  • Reuters UK, Wednesday, November 22, 2006 1:52 PM
Apparently, paying teams off to play harder against your competitors is standard business in Russia. Earlier this week, CSKA Moscow president Yevgeny Giner openly admitted to paying incentives to other teams to play harder against his team's main rivals. "I don't see anything bad in it," Giner told reporters. "Many people say that such thing is incorrect. I don't think so. More than that, I could openly say how much would pay and also tell tax authorities where I get the money from." Even more curious than Giner's frank admission is the fact that technically, the practice of paying bonuses to other clubs isn't even illegal-although FIFA and UEFA both state that it's strongly frowned upon. For the presiding organizations of a sport so sensitive to match-fixing, it's curious to say the least that this type of behavior isn't given the same classification. CSKA, by the way, just clinched its second consecutive league title this weekend, but after Giner's comments, it would be surprising if there weren't some kind of match-fixing investigation. The Russian army club is also a member of this year's Champions League, where they are currently third in Group G, two points behind joint leaders Arsenal and Porto.

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