Football fraud

Old Dec 1st 2009, 8:35 pm
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http://www.rfef.es/index.jsp?nodo=8&ID=863

Disciplinary investigations opened against various footballers in spain for the betting shenanigans.

Anyone want to take bets on who?
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Very interesting. There was an investigation a few weeks ago - in Germany, Holland and Austria if memory serves me right - and it surprised me then that no Spanish clubs were involved. Still, we'll need to wait to see what this investigation uncovers...
After the shock of finding out what happens in Formula 1 and rugby though, it's going to be hard to be surprised by whatever they find going off in football. I suppose there is just too much money involved.
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Well, can you blame them, they are only on tens of thousands a week and WAGS dont come cheap
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Originally Posted by JLFS
Well, can you blame them, they are only on tens of thousands a week and WAGS dont come cheap
I seem to remember Bruce Grobelaar was under investigation at one bit. Was he eventually found innocent/guilty?
As for earning enough already, isn't the problem that a lot of footballers get in debt via gambling, bad habits etc?
What's the name of that "bribe" that sometimes takes place at the end of the spanish league. One team promises to pay the players of another team (that don't have a lot to play for) if they manage to play well and beat their opposition. Always seemed a bit underhand to me, but I suppose it's totally different to throwing a game.

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In November 1994, Grobbelaar was accused by the British tabloid newspaper The Sun of match fixing during his time at Liverpool to benefit a betting syndicate, after being caught on videotape discussing match-fixing. He was charged with conspiracy to corrupt, along with the Wimbledon goalkeeper Hans Segers and Aston Villa striker John Fashanu, and a Malaysian businessman, Heng Suan Lim.

Grobbelaar pleaded not guilty, claiming he was only gathering evidence with the intent of taking it to the police. After two successive trials, in both of which the jury could not agree on a verdict, he and his co-defendants were cleared in November 1997. Grobbelaar later sued The Sun for libel and was awarded £85,000. The Sun appealed, and the case was eventually taken to the House of Lords where it was found that, though the specific allegations had not been proved, there was adequate evidence of dishonesty. The Lords slashed his award to £1, the lowest libel damages possible under English law, and ordered him to pay The Sun's legal costs, estimated at £500,000. In his judgement, Lord Bingham of Cornhill observed:

"The tort of defamation protects those whose reputations have been unlawfully injured. It affords little or no protection to those who have, or deserve to have, no reputation deserving of legal protection. Until 9 November 1994 when the newspaper published its first articles about him, the appellant's public reputation was unblemished. But he had in fact acted in a way in which no decent or honest footballer would act and in a way which could, if not exposed and stamped on, undermine the integrity of a game which earns the loyalty and support of millions."[3]

Grobbelaar was unable to pay the costs and was declared bankrupt.

In 2009 Grobbelaar appeared in a British television commercial for the Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, in which he is seen returning a losing stake to a punter.
No wonder I couldn't remember if he was guilty or not.

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Some names including more than one player from a particular club - Rayo Vallecano - singled out in the news article today.

http://www.elpais.com/articulo/depor...lpepidep_1/Tes
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Originally Posted by steviedeluxe
Some names including more than one player from a particular club - Rayo Vallecano - singled out in the news article today.

http://www.elpais.com/articulo/depor...lpepidep_1/Tes
With regard to fraud and corruption in sport, it is hard to imagine a worse case than in the 2000 paralympics when Spain fielded a fully fit and normal basketball team to take the gold medals from other genuine paraplegic competitors.
They did much the same in other events including table-tennis and swimming.
Fortunately one of their own people eventually blew the whistle and the medals were returned to genuine competitors amidst all the scandal and disgrace for the Spanish authorities and athletes.
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Originally Posted by steviedeluxe
Some names including more than one player from a particular club - Rayo Vallecano - singled out in the news article today
Thanks, I'd forgotten about this and didn't bother to look today.
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