In every football team knows one player from matchfixing

On average each team to have one player who is involved in matchfixing or approached is. That is one of the conclusions of a large study of the spelersvakbond FIFPro. The players are often financially vulnerable, says the association.

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In collaboration with the university of matchfixing were around 14,000 players from 54 countries were interviewed about their salary, working conditions, contracts and matchfixing in football. In the results Monday were published shows that 7 percent of the respondents indicated ever approached to influence matches. For players older than thirty walked this on to 11 percent.

In every football team there is, therefore, on average, a player who of them knows, has approached or has participated in matchfixing. Especially the financially vulnerable situation of many players makes for matchfixers appealing to them to approach. More than 45 percent of the players earn less than $ 1,000 per month. In addition, it should be 41 percent of the surveyed football players sometimes have to wait long. In the last two seasons, they were not or not at the time the salary is paid. The less the footballer earns, the greater the chance is that he is approached for matchfixing.


According to FIFPro, you can the football be divided into three groups. A first group with the largest championships in the world (England, Spain, Germany, Italy, France), in which the players can enjoy the best conditions. A second group of players playing football in championships such as Belgium, the Netherlands, USA, Australia etc. and you can enjoy the ‘very decent conditions.” The problem is in the third group. That group is the largest and most problematic. Players in Eastern Europe, South America, Africa, or Asia live in poor conditions on the edge of professionalism.

President of FIFPro, the Dutchman Theo van Seggelen, the report as a basis for change. “This research gives a clear and accurate picture of the experiences of an average professional footballer. Salaries that are not paid, onderbetaling and matchfixing should ever be a thing of the past. This report should be the starting point of the necessary reforms in the global football.”

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