Wednesday, February 6th 2013 - 22:03 UTC

Under-20 Bolivia-Argentina match under investigation by European police

European police investigation into a huge football match-fixing and betting ring has reopened questions about an under-20 friendly between Argentina and Bolivia two years ago. The game, played in Córdoba in December 2010, was mentioned in the European investigators' inquiry.

Hungarian referee, Lengyel Kolos gave the match an extra 13 minutes

It raised eyebrows at the time after the Hungarian referee let play continue for an extra 13 minutes before blowing the final whistle. The referee, Lengyel Kolos, declined to speak to reporters about the match this week.

However, former Argentine under-20s coach Walter Perazzo said the lengthy injury time, which allowed Argentina to convert a late penalty into a 1-0 victory, had prompted questions on the home team's bench.

“We were surprised that the match was extended” he was quoted by Reuters. “At the time, a lot of us wondered if the referee was maybe used to a different style of football.”

Perazzo, who now coaches a second-division team in Argentina, said that he saw no other questionable decisions during the match. “The penalty was a penalty; the strange thing was the 13 minutes.”

Marco Sandy, the Bolivian under-20s coach, declined to comment on the European investigation unveiled in The Hague. In an interview soon after the match, Sandy said the team had experienced “strange situations” with the same referee in other games. When asked whether he thought the match might have been subject to fixing, Sandy said at the time: ”It would be a good thing if they investigated it, because (this is) bad for the sport.“

Match reports after the game questioned several calls made by Kolos and his two linesmen, including the referee's decision to disallow a second-half Argentina goal and order a penalty against Bolivia in the final moments of injury time.

Police had to accompany Kolos off the pitch at the end of the game as angry Bolivian players hounded him.

Bolivia's football federation welcomed news of the European probe.

”Bolivia wasn't involved in this kind of match-fixing; on the contrary, it was the that game in 2010, it was obvious that there was a clear intention to hand victory to Argentina,“ the Bolivian federation's general manager, Alberto Lozada, was quoted as telling local media in the Andean country.

Argentine officials dismissed links between the 2010 match and the investigation.

”This issue doesn't exist for the Argentine Football Association...I've got nothing else to say,“ said Ernesto Cherquis Bialo, spokesman for the Argentine Football Association. A source at the association, who asked not to be identified, said the issue ”didn't even get mentioned in the last meetings of the executive committee”.

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1 briton (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 10:06 pm Report abuse
nothing new,
hand of god and all that,

once corupt, always corupt.
and a bad day for football.
we beat brazil 2-1.
2 Shed-time (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 10:14 pm Report abuse
Poorball always has been and always will be corrupt. But the poor and uneducated will insist on watching it, so there is nothing anyone can do.
3 Conqueror (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 11:12 pm Report abuse
Just remove argieland from all international “competition”. A minimum 80% drop in corruption at a stroke!
4 expbrit (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 11:59 pm Report abuse
“Argentine officials dismissed links between the 2010 match and the investigation. ”This issue doesn't exist for the Argentine Football Association...”

Sounds familiar.... Oh right, the “issue” of the Falkland Islands and their population doesn't exist either. There are no islands. There are no people. Everyone lies - except the Argies.
5 Anglotino (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 03:02 am Report abuse
People should be careful. As far as I can tell this corruption inquiry has a lot of ground to cover.

Who knows which country is next.
6 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 04:46 am Report abuse
“under-20 Friendly match”
I am sure that's the most important match being investigated and never happen in England..suuuure

“The head of Europol has urged football authorities in Britain not to be “naïve” or “complacent” enough to believe the problem of match-fixing does not extend to games in this country as a Liverpool match was last night alleged to have involved an attempted fix”
7 Idlehands (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 07:48 am Report abuse
Did you even read your link? It was the Debrecen keeper that was involved.

I think it would be difficult for match fixers to persuade premier league players simply because they are already paid so much. The cost benefit analysis doesn't add up. Referees may be more susceptible but they don't exactly live in poverty either.

Fixing lower league matches would also be difficult to profit from because bookmakers would quickly notice large bets on a game that would usually have been ignored. They carefully monitor betting patterns.

This seems to be most prevalent among teams on the periphery of Europe when they are playing a major club
8 ElaineB (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 08:59 am Report abuse
I don't think this is restricted to football either. A report this morning on drug taking/fixing in Australia and remember the cycling scandals?
9 Pheel (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 01:24 pm Report abuse
As Argentina`s media do publish this “tree” because the match involves our league, don´t miss “the wood”: most of the matches have been discovered in Europe, England inclusive. (Comment just for the haters, sorry ElaineB)
10 ElaineB (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 02:42 pm Report abuse
I think a relevant point has been made, it is hard to bribe the over-paid Premiership players (not impossible, but less likely) and the one game being investigated in the UK is a Champions League match with a Hungarian team.

Match fixing is rife in some sports - cricket is a perfect example where the initial investigation showed it as being endemic in Pakistan and then spread to some other countries.

Personally, I think the fact that you can bet on pretty much anything without sufficient regulation just feeds this problem.
11 Shed-time (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 04:51 pm Report abuse
I'm not poor, so I don't watch Poorball. It seems poor people like sports where the guys drive around at 120mph in school zones, beat up their wives, go whoring whilst their wives are sick outside night-clubs.

I prefer good sports, that educated people watch.
12 ElaineB (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 06:24 pm Report abuse
I could not be described as poor in any way but I enjoy going to watch Chelsea from time to time. I have also attended a few games in Argentina, though the football was pretty poor especially the Boca game I saw. The fans were far more entertaining than anything happening on the pitch.

That said I prefer rugby and cricket. Polo and basketball are great to watch live too
13 Shed-time (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 06:59 pm Report abuse
@12 I'm not sure why you'd want to watch poorball if you were also into real sports.

The key indicator of economic poverty is typically having SkyTV, poor people always have SkyTV and you can typically tell the level of someone's educational poverty because it is proportional to the size of their TV screen. People in a state of educational poverty normally watch poorball and talent shows on loop, and so they buy a huge TV.

Interestingly the business model for SkyTV is to essentially get as many people on benefits to pay as much of their benefits as they can on watching TV that includes 50 minutes of adverts for every 10 minutes of programming. It would likely be cheaper if the government negotiated some kind of bulk purchase for everyone on benefits, which is all of their subscribers and just pay for it out of the exchequer directly. Sort of like a license fee.

I'm sure you have a small tv and no sky subscription, but you really should stop watching poorball, it's dreadful.
14 briton (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 07:17 pm Report abuse
aparently Australia has it bad.
15 ElaineB (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 07:38 pm Report abuse
LOL. You are right about the disproportionate sized TVs. I don't know what that is about.

I'll still enjoy a game of footie when I can.
16 ChrisR (#) Feb 08th, 2013 - 05:45 pm Report abuse
13 Shed-time

So the flip side of the coin is you watch Dirty Desmond's channel 5 on a tiny screen to help make you feel secure when you watch the sex shows?

Come on, answer truthfully!

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