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
, who said they rejected the offer, made on Sunday, and immediately reported it. According to the AP
, 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 coach Ian
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."
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