Michael Laudrup forced to back down over match-fixing claims

Swansea boss Laudrup caught in a muddle over his match-fixing claims

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21:30 GMT, 21 September 2012

Michael Laudrup was forced to climb down on Friday after saying there was nothing wrong with clubs paying rival sides to win games.

The Swansea manager, when asked for his feelings on match-fixing, condemned the problems that have ravaged Italian football.

Back down: Michael Laudrup had to retract his comments

Back down: Michael Laudrup had to retract his comments

But the Dane claimed he did not ‘see
anything bad’ in a third-party club offering a win bonus to a side
playing in a separate fixture — a scenario that would go against both
Football Association and Premier League rules.

But he was later forced to release a statement saying: ‘The point I was trying to make was that the term “match-fixing” needs to be defined because there are different levels.

'If two teams both needed a draw and the scores are level with 20 minutes to go, then I wouldn’t expect either team to throw men forward looking for the winner. That to me is not match-fixing.’