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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.

Kicking off: Nigerian midfielder Sani Kaita (right) was sent off during the matchKicking off: Nigerian midfielder Sani Kaita (right) was sent off during the match

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.’

  HAJDUK SPLIT VS INTER PREVIEW  

Youthful Hajduk Split side are hoping a vociferous support from the stands can help them keep this tie alive, but despite not being at full strength, it isInter who are hot favourites to win this one.

One of the two most famous Croatian clubs have been on the major downtrend over the last decade and they have now missed out on the league title for the seventh successive time.

The club have been in huge financial problems, which is why they were forced to sell their best players and now completely rely on a squad of unproven youngsters

Even their own fans agree that this is probably the weakest squad in club’s recent history, so Inter definitely look a good bet at odds of 1.40 (2/5) offered by Ladbrokes.

Hajduk made it to the third qualifying round thanks to the 2-1 aggregate victory over Latvian side Skonto, while they have picked up four points from first two HNL games.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Blazevic – Vrsajevic, Maloca, Milovic, Jozinovic – Radosevic, Andrijasevic – Oremus, Ozobic, Caktas – Vukusic.

Following what was a very disappointing season, Inter owner Massimo Moratti decided to overhaul the squad this summer and this is basically a beginning of an era for the Neroazzurri.

Veteran players Lucio, Diego Forlan, Julio Cesar, Dejan Stankovic are no longer part of the squad, while Samir Handanovic, Matias Silvestre, Gaby Mudingayi and Rodrigo Palacio are the new additions.

Boss Andrea Stramaccioni has decided to take 20 players to Split, with Juan (away on international duty), Maicon, Julio Cesar, Dejan Stakovic (all three expected to leave) and Ricky Alvarez (injured) missing out.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Handanovic – Zanetti, Silvestre, Samuel, Nagatomo – Guarin, Cambiasso, Mudingayi – Coutinho, Milito, Sneijder.

  ANZHI MAKHACHKALA VS VITESSE PREVIEW  

The nouveau riche side from Russia successfully passed their first hurdle in Europe and they are now expected to beat Vitesse as well.

The Dutch side overcame Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the second qualifying round, but a trip to Russia could prove to be pretty disappointing for them.

Having spent so much money on new players last season, Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov decided to cut back spending this summer, although he did bring striker Lacina Traore for €18 million.

Despite the lack of summer spending, Anzhi enjoyed a bright start to the season, having recorded a 5-0 aggregate win over Honved in Europe, while taking four points from first two league games.

Samuel Eto’o and Lacina Traore seem to have already established a good attacking partnership, which is great news for everyone at the club.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Gabulov – Logashov, Samba, Joao Carlos, Tagirbekov – Shatov, Jucilei, Akhmedov, Boussoufa – Eto’o, Traore.

Vitesse may have finished last season in seventh place, but they still achievedEuropa League qualification, having beaten NEC Nijmegen and RKC Waalwijk in the Eredivisie play-offs.

The team have stayed virtually unchanged over the summer, which may not necessarily be a bad thing, as witnessed by the solid showings in the Europa League second qualifying round.

Following the entertaining 4-4 draw in Bulgaria, Vitesse recorded a 3-1 win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the return leg to earn a clash with very good Anzhi side.

New signing Simon Cziommer is in contention for the game in Russia, but defender Tomas Kalas is suspended.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Velthuizen – van der Struijk, Kashia, Yasuda, van Aanholt – van der Heijden, van Ginkel, Hofs – Ibarra, Bony, Reis.