Monthly Archives: October 2012

Match-fixing: Three Guatemalan players banned for life

October 24, 2012 (REUTERS) – THREE Guatemala players have been banned for life by FIFA for their involvement in match-fixing in national team and club games, soccer’s world governing body said on Wednesday. Continue reading

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‘Rien ne va plus!’: Karabatic and teammates betting that their own team would lose – but did they then lose intentionally?

LOSING a game intentionally in such a way that there is no legal evidence, is one of the inherent weaknesses in sports, writes handball expert CHRISTER AHL in this comment piece, which calls for better means to detect cases like the recent one involving the French players from Montpellier. Continue reading

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Edmonton breaks off talks with Oilers owner, says maybe they’ll go build their own damn arena

By NEIL deMAUSE*

THE Edmonton city council held its meeting that Oilers owner Daryl Katz declined to show up at yesterday, and voted unanimously to call a halt to all arena negotiations. The highlight was a totally awesome tirade by councillor Kerry Diotte, to wit: Continue reading

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Tommy Raymond Fair Play Award

CONGRATULATIONS to young Halifax soccer goalkeeper Samaran Radakrishnan, who is the 2012 recipient of the Tommy Raymond Fair Play Award. Samaran plays U12 for Halifax Dunbrack, a community-based team in the Capital Inter-District Soccer League (CISL). The trophy honours Tommy Raymond, who was known for realizing the motto of friendship first, competition second in soccerSamaran was one of three members of his U12 team to win awards for the summer season. The stand of these youth to uphold sportsmanship in competition rejects the “winning is everything and the only thing” attitude that is pervading amateur sports. Awards such as the Tommy Raymond serve to foster and strengthen the aspirations of young athletes to uphold the highest ideals of amateur sport. Continue reading

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American speed skater says coach ordered him to sabotage Canadian team

U.S. team sabotaged skates of Canadian short-track speed skater Olivier Jean so that he couldn’t compete in 5,000-metre relay at 2011 world team championships. (Robert Skinner/CP)

By LYNN DEBRUIN

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) —Olympian Simon Cho said Friday (October 5) he agreed to a coach’s demand to tamper with Canadian Olivier Jean’s skates last year after the command was made a third time and in Korean by Jae Su Chun. Continue reading

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The 1978 World Cup: Operation Cóndor against Cuba

By ELIAS ARGUDÍN SÁNCHEZ

Triumph for the junta? Argentine dictator General Videla presents the 1978 World Cup to home captain Daniel Passarella

HAVANA (5 October 2012) – IN the 1978 World Football Cup, Argentina beat Peru by 6-0, thus removing a considerable rival. That win swung the balance toward the Argentine team’s aspirations. Just four days later, a 3-1 victory over Holland gave them the championship.

The result of the Argentine-Peru game was classified as highly controversial in football history. Virtually nobody believed the story of the thrashing, and life gave the right to the doubters. It is now known that the Peruvian dictator Francisco Morales Bermúdez (1975-1980) ordered his country’s players to lose the game, as payment for a favour that he had asked of his Argentine counterpart, fellow dictator Jorge Rafael Videla, de facto president from 1976 to 1981. Continue reading

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Match fixing: Handballers detained in French investigation

The match between Cesson and Montpellier on May 12 is believed to have been fixed (Photo: Flickr/deavon29)

AN INVESTIGATION into suspected match fixing led to French police detaining several members of the Montpellier handball club this weekend.

The detention comes after French media last week reported that eight players form the Montpellier handball club were suspected to be involved in bets resulting in winnings of more than €200.000. Continue reading

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