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Electronic snooping on the All-Blacks

All Blacks perform the haka, during the Rugby Championship 1st Bledisloe test match against Australia at Sydney | Brett Phibbs

All Blacks perform the haka, during the Rugby Championship 1st Bledisloe test match against Australia at Sydney | Brett Phibbs

The bugging of the All Blacks team room ahead of the first Bledisloe Cup test in Sydney last week is a continuation of a “long and ignoble tradition”, according to one of the foremost authorities on sports corruption.Declan Hill, an academic and investigative journalist, told the New Zealand Herald that the planting of listening devices in team hotels was common and even endemic in some parts of the world. Continue reading

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Commercialization of English football: The corruption of pre-season friendlies

60 per cent of the English Premier League pre-season friendlies in the 2013/14 season was played overseas | Jon Candy/Flickr

By STEVE MENARY

(playthegame.org) – With Euro 2016 which started on June 10, international football should be centre stage but the increasing commercialisation of pre-season club friendlies is threatening this opportunity.

What was once a loosely organised series of matches used mainly by club managers to test new players and formations ahead of the forthcoming season has changed completely.

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How to fix a soccer game

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jiuguangw | Flickr

In this excerpt from The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime, Declan Hill investigates the intricacies of match-fixing in soccer: how fixes are arranged, how they’re signalled, and how everyone gets paid. Continue reading

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The wrong people are using the wrong tools in the wrong way

The fight against match-fixing could be repeating the errors of the anti-doping fight, says DECLAN HILL*, who in this article compares similarities between cycling’s CIRI report and a yet undisclosed match-fixing investigation.

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Richard Masoner/Flickr

It is a tale of two reports.

The first was released last month by the investigators of the Cycling International Report Commission (CIRI). They examined the actions of Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) who govern elite cycling. Continue reading

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UEFA adopts code of conduct on match-fixing. Ha ha ha.

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One essential fact is missing from the following report from Play the Game: the need to adopt a code on match-fixing necessarily arises from the fact that professional football matches in Europe – and only in Europe – have been and are being fixed.

(Sept. 19) – A code of conduct on match-fixing, setting out principles for safeguarding the integrity of football has been approved by the UEFA Executive Committee after consultations with a number of stakeholders including the professional footballers’ federation.

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Ethics: The fixers and the officials

South Africa versus Colombia, May 27, 2010. According to reports from officials, this match was most likely fixed. In this artivcle, Declan Hill reveals close ties between the fixers and officials | Salymfayad/Flickr

South Africa versus Colombia, May 27, 2010. According to reports from officials, this match was most likely fixed | Salymfayad/Flickr

“The fixers have, at times, gone into the offices and boardrooms of the top officials who organize the sport,” writes Declan Hill*, who uncovers how match-fixing on high level has taken place with the connivance of top-level soccer officials.

It was a symbolic game – South Africa versus Colombia, May 27, 2010. The game took place a few days before the World Cup, it was in the beautiful new stadium at Soccer City in Johannesburg. The South Africans before a raucous crowd of vuvuzela-totting fans won 2-1. The stadium, indeed the entire event, was a sign that a new South African was ready for the international stage. It seemed to show that this was a South Africa that had emerged from apartheid to become a prosperous, multi-cultural society. It was a wonderful day for sport and society.

The only problem was that the game was probably fixed. Continue reading

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Algeria’s win and Palestine

Algerian star dedicates World Cup success to the Arab world, ‘especially to Palestine’

2014 FIFA World CupAlgeria’s qualification to the knockout round of the 2014 World Cup is historic. On June 26, after a late equalizer against Russia, sending them home on Aeroflot, Algeria clinched its spot in the round of 16, finishing second in Group H. This will be the first time a North African team has advanced to the knockout stage since 1986. And with Nigeria finishing second in Group F, two African teams will play in the next round of World Cup action for the first time ever.

It’s not just a football game. There was a tweet in Arabic from the leading Algerian player, attacking midfielder Sofiane Feghouli, dedicating the victory to Palestine.

The message can roughly be translated to, “Thankful to God that we forty million Algerians and millions of Arabs have advanced. We gift all of the Arabs with this win, especially the people of Palestine. Thank you.” Continue reading

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