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Match-Fixing Rampant In Football

dateline: 05 February 2013

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • rampant: spreading uncontrollably
  • Europol: European Union’s police organization
  • extensive: wide-spread
  • inquiry: investigation
  • match-fixing: a form of cheating in organized sports; players and/or officials try to fix the result of a match (often in exchange for a bribe)
  • qualifier: a match that determines whether or not a team makes it to another round in a competition
  • suspicious: questionable; not fully trusted

Match-Fixing Rampant In Football

Europol has uncovered an extensive criminal network of match-fixing in football leagues in and outside Europe. At least 50 people since the inquiry began 18 months ago. Players, officials, and an organized criminal network based in Singapore are under investigation. Some of the fixed matches include and European Championship qualifiers. Previous scandals had revealed match-fixing in South Korea and South Africa, but new information suggests that many European football matches, including a few games in England may have also been in recent years. Hundreds of past matches at club and levels in and outside Europe have been labelled as “suspicious” and are currently under investigation.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What did Europol uncover?
  2. Who is involved in the crime?
  3. Why does the report mention England?

Discussion Question: According to Europol, a single fixed match can involved dozens of suspects in many countries. How do you think match-fixing works? What do corrupt players and officials do to “throw” a game, and why do they do it?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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