The New York Times has obtained a shocking report from FIFA, soccer’s worldwide regulator, that suggests the World Cup may be incredibly vulnerable to match-fixing.
The Times published its findings on the non-public report and the results of the paper’s own investigation on Saturday, a little less than two weeks before the massive soccer tournament is slated to begin in Brazil.
According to the Times article, FIFA found a notorious match-fixing syndicate had infiltrated the last World Cup in South Africa and fixed at least 5 matches. FIFA also found the syndicate was probably helped by South African officials, who were either “easily duped or extremely foolish.”
When an official did try to put a stop to the match-fixing, the syndicate made a death threat against the official, according to the Times’ account of the FIFA report.
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