On the Australian Match-Fixing Scandal

We should not be surprised by this news. One, the fixers have hit matches in North America, Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia.  They have destroyed the credibility of leagues. They have fixed matches from semi-professional all the way up to the Champions League and international matches. Two, the structure of this alleged scam is not new.   We have seen it in Canada.   A group of foreign players arrive. They are better than the native players. They can win or lose...

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Football, Fixing and the Troubles in Belfast

On this week of international matches, it seems appropriate to post this column about a visit to Belfast in June, when I watched the England versus Ireland match from both sides of the divide.  ** Of all the football games in the world, this is one of the most symbolically significant: England versus Ireland.   I watched it in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland where next week’s G8 summit will be held.   Any sporting event between these two countries  brings up...

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Another Season, Another Set of Dodgy Games in Canadian Soccer

Sigh. It should not have to come to this. Another August. Another set of phone calls. Another set of high-suspicious games in the Canadian Soccer League (CSL). It all starts with another conversation with a professional gambler. He has been talking to an illegal bookmaker in Malaysia. The bookmaker offered him information on fixed matches in the CSL played a couple of weeks ago in Southern Ontario. Ho hum. The more that it goes on, the more it stays the same. The question from the Asian bookmaker...

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How to Save A Dead Man

Why is this important? Niçin bu kadar önemli ? If you are Turkish, you know why this is important. Football is for many people in Turkey their passion, their faith and their life. Türk’seniz, niçin bu kadar önemli olduğunu bilirsiniz. Futbol birçok Türk için tutku, yaşam ve bağlılık demektir. If you are not Turkish – wake up: for what is happening in their sport will happen in yours. Türk değilseniz,- uyanın: onların sporunda yaşanan olaylar sizin de başınıza gelebilir. Turkish football is now a dead-man walking. Türk futbolu şu anda adeta yürüyen bir ölü. The...

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Congratulations to CAS!

Well done!   Good work.  Full kudos to the judicial decision makers at CAS. Full congratulations to Michel Platini and UEFA. Full congratulations to UEFA’s former integrity officer Pierre Cornu. Here is what happened. Turkish football and politics are corrupt (No surprise to anyone in that sentence). The Turkish met an international institution that could not be corrupted (at least, not in this case). To sum up:   Turkish police and courts discovered that the richest and most powerful team Fenerbahçehad, two seasons ago, indulged in a...

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Hill’s Patented and Highly-Scientific Method of Figuring Out Who Will the Premier League

The first week in European football always throws up the usual roster of conspiracy theories and depressed Arsenal fans who, after one match, realize that their team once more, will not be winning any trophies. However, for the rest of the world, it raises the question of who will the Premier League?  Here to help out is my theory developed over years of joy and pain watching the Arsenal and various other teams. A number of points: 1)    Despite my usual expertise...

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A Complete Waste of Time

The Fenerbahçe versus Arsenal match. A waste of time. Fenerbahçe should not be in the Champions League.  Heck!  They should not even be in the Turkish Super-league, but playing their way out of an enforced relegation at the bottom division of Turkish football.  What has occurred in that country is nothing short of a hijacking of the legal system, the political establishment and common sense by millions of Fenerbahçe supporters. Thank goodness that UEFA has tried to stand up to them!  Kudos...

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Dead Men Walking

Let it be said here for the first time.  Let this warning go out clearly and strongly across the sporting world. The Italian and Turkish football leagues are dead-men walking. In 2010, when I testified before the Parliamentary Committee of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, I spoke about the ‘cancer of match-fixing that has entered European football leagues’. Now, some of those patients have died. There is no hope for the sport, as it exists in its present form, in these countries. The...

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Why Turkish Football Needs a Saviour

In Trabzon, eastern Turkey this week, to give a presentation about the importance of continuing to fight against corruption in sport.  I am being brought in by a bunch of fans of the local team who are upset about the situation. They may be even more upset very soon.  For my message is very simple: Turkish football is in a severe crisis. It is deeply corrupt.  The only hope for the sport here is to shut down the league for...

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A Sidekick Over the Ship

A quick comment on the arrest of Admir Suljic arrest. This is called throwing the sidekick over the side of the ship. It is a tactic used to distract the media from the real person: Dan Tan. Again, Dan Tan is alleged to be at the centre of the match-fixing ring.  If true, he knows the key establishment people who would be involved in helping their activities. A man like Admir Suljic does not know those people. There is an odd, ironic convergence...

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