Football's Dark Side How to Fix a Football Match

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    Football's dark side: how to fix a football match

    Undercover footage from Channel 4 Dispatches exposes a match agent from

    Ghana offering to fix an international football game.

    Object1 The tail end of rush hour on a Central London street and we're trying to hide

    a TV crew. You'd think technology would make that slightly easier but not on

    this job.

    There's a 6ft-something cameraman a lens of seemingly similar

    !ro!ortions a fidgety soundman with his boom and micro!hone and !lenty

    of other !eo!le dotted around ho!ing things will go to !lan.

    "e are all waiting for a sil#er Toyota. $lightly behind schedule it arri#es at

    !recisely the same time the #an concealing the crew dri#es away - we are

    there for all to see. %owe#er the smartly dressed men e&it the car !ay no

    attention to us and take their seats at the table in a nearby swanky hotel.

    It is the billions of bets flowing through Asia that experts say are ey to

    these sorts of fixes

    The two belie#e they are here for a business meeting with a global s!orts
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    in#estor. They are e&!ecting a down !ayment of thirty thousand !ounds but

    this is in fact the end of a si& month longis!atches in#estigationand

    these are the men who ha#e been offering to hel! fi& a football match

    in#ol#ing a team !laying in the "orld Cu!.

    !irst contact

    Christo!her (orsythe is a (ifa licensed match agent and )bed *ketiah is the

    chief e&ecuti#e of the to! league +hanaian club ,erekum Chelsea and a

    committee member of the national /s side.

    )ur first contact was with (orsythe we'd encountered him through a

    !re#ious is!atches and he didn't waste too much time offering to hel! fi&

    matches for +hana's national team.

    The business model is !retty clear0 become a third !arty s!onsor organise

    an international friendly ensure we choose the refs then a!!oint one we
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    can bung to fi& the result our way. You can make a lot of money on a match

    through the gambling markets when you know the result.

    1t is the billions of bets flowing through 2sia that e&!erts say are key to

    these sorts of fi&es. (orsythe thinks he's talking to the re!resentati#e of a

    grou! of (ar 3ast in#estors with a keen interest in gambling but in reality

    the man is Terry $teans a former (ifa match-fi&ing in#estigator and now an

    underco#er re!orter for is!atches.

    1n one of their first meetings (orsythe tells $teans about how a 'bought'

    referee can order a s!ecific result for the 2sian betting markets0 4You can

    decide for them tell the officials look something is ha!!ening in (ar 3ast

    on this match so we want it 5- in fa#our of the o!!osition. 2nd then they

    will make it ha!!en.4

    "I am not the one"

    The whole !lan seems to centre around corru!ting a (ifa referee and during

    one of the meetings $tean tries to find out if the result will be guaranteed

    once the money has been handed o#er. (orsythe res!onds0 4That is why we

    will get the officials that we ha#e greased their !alms so that they will do

    it the way we want it.4

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    1t was the months of gathered information like this that took us to the

    moment in a London hotel room when we would ask )bed *ketiah and

    Christo!her (orsythe to e&!lain themsel#es.

    2s the crew walked in (orsythe and *ketiah chose not to stand and lea#e

    but to sit and talk.

    (orsythe declared that he was totally blameless in the situation and the

    4running4 had been done by our underco#er re!orter0 41 am not the one 1

    am not on the field 1 am not the one !laying so how can you tell me that 1

    can decide the scores of the game4

    (orsythe added that he ne#er had any !lans to bribe anyone and his whole

    !lan was fictitious.

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    Obed Nketiah told us that he was involved in the meetings with our covert reporter just

    to help organise matches and he knew nothing of any plan to bribe referees .

    Our interview finished and Forsythe and Nketiah left for Heathrow but the questioning

    hasn't stopped the !hana Football "ssociation has asked the country's police to look

    in to the conduct of the two men