21st September 2018

Investigation finds widespread match-fixing in Algeria

An investigation by BBC Arabic (see below) has found that football matches in Algeria are fixed on a regular basis, sometimes with the knowledge of club Chairman. Reporters have passed their evidence on to the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), which is investigating, and the Algerian Football Federation told the BBC that eradicating corruption is one of its ‘top priorities’.

An intermediary responsible for arranging fixed games told BBC Arabic that he can fix an away win for Ligue 1 games for US$68,000, and arrange an away penalty for between $8,000 and $17,000. He also said that fixing matches is cheaper in the lower divisions and in youth football.

The BBC Arabic report includes footage of a penalty that retaken twice, until the ball found its way into the back of the net. It includes footage of pitch invasions which it is alleged are the result of the crowd becoming aware of fixed matches, as well as allegations that referees are inexplicably living way beyond their means.

It also includes an interview with a goalkeeper, who recorded an attempt to fix a match on the advice of his club Chairman. The goalkeeper tells reporters that the Chairman was silenced and his attempts to expose corruption have resulted in him never playing again. 

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