News 7th April 2015

CONCACAF investigating alleged beach football fixing

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) is investigating allegations that Costa Rica and Guatemala both played to lose a beach football game to ensure an easy game in the next round of the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championships. A CONCACAF spokesperson emphasised that the alleged collusion is not linked to betting in any way.

Costa Rica eventually won its April 1 game against Guatemala 4-3. The allegations that both teams had played to lose were made by Ramón Raya, coach of Mexico’s beach football team. As Costa Rica won, it went on to beat Trinidad 2-1 in the next round, whereas Guatemala were beaten 5-2 by Mexico, the tournament’s eventual winners.

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