Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
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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