World Cup match between Nigeria and Greece ‘fixed’, says former FIFA man
A former FIFA security expert sparked new fears that match-fixing and corruption are rife in international football last night by claiming at least one World Cup match has been investigated.
In an interview with Channel 4 News, Chris Eaton, FIFA’s former head of security, also claimed a player from the Championship had reported concerns to the corruption unit.
The World Cup game under scrutiny, according to Eaton, was a Group B fixture between Nigeria and Greece at South Africa 2010.
Nigeria midfielder Sani Kaita was sent off in the 33rd minute after kicking out at an opponent. His side were 1-0 up at the time but Greece won 2-1.
FIFA deny investigating any games from the tournament and Channel 4 News were unable to get a comment from Kaita or his agent.
UEFA are investigating evidence that suggests a Europa League match was fixed last month. They say their betting fraud monitoring system ‘detected suspicious betting patterns’ in Albanian club Tirana’s 5-0 defeat by Aalesund of Norway.
FIFA have refuted claims made by one of their former corruption experts that they are investigating match-fixing allegations at the 2010 World Cup.
Chris Eaton, a former head of security with FIFA, told Channel 4 last night the organisation were looking into a specific incident in the clash between Nigeria and Greece.
However, a FIFA spokesperson said: ‘We are not conducting any match fixing investigation for 2010 FIFA World Cup matches.
‘Ralf Mutschke is the head of FIFA’s new security division. The fight against match fixing is only one of their duties, in addition to stadium security and general event security for all FIFA events including the FIFA World Cup.
‘In relation to match fixing, investigations can be launched by the security division in case there is a suspicion a match or a competition could be fixed.
‘Any such issues are then reported to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee (in order to sanction members of the football family) as well as to the disciplinary bodies of national Football Associations and/or to law enforcement organisations.’