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Singapore joins match-fixing probe

VOICE OF EXPERIENCE:Burkina Faso coach Paul Put, whose own career was blighted by a match-fixing scandal, held out little hope that the problem could be easily solved

Reuters, LONDON

“We all know that this federation asked international authorities to clear up this issue,” federation president Carlos Chavez told local media in reference to the controversial decisions made by a Hungarian referee during a 2010 under-20 friendly.

Argentina won 1-0 after the referee extended playing time by 13 minutes and awarded them a penalty.

German soccer has been tarnished by match-fixing scandals in the past decade, one involving a corrupt referee who was caught, but German Football League president Reinhard Rauball said the top two Bundesliga divisions were not caught up in this investigation.

“According to our knowledge the Bundesliga and the second Bundesliga are not affected,” Rauball said.

A different picture emerged from Spain where, according to the vice president of the country’s professional league (LFP), match-fixing and illegal betting exist in Spanish soccer.

“Here the illness is not admitted to so you cannot cure the patient,” the LFP’s Javier Tebas was quoted as saying in Marca sports daily.

“There are institutions which are not aware of what goes on,” he said. “There is match-fixing and illegal betting. In a small percentage, but there is also corruption in Spain.”

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