World Cup match between Nigeria and Greece 'fixed', says former FIFA man
22:09 GMT, 6 August 2012
A former FIFA security expert sparked new fears that match-fixing and corruption are rife in international football last night by claiming at least one World Cup match has been investigated.
In an interview with Channel 4 News, Chris Eaton, FIFA’s former head of security, also claimed a player from the Championship had reported concerns to the corruption unit.
The World Cup game under scrutiny, according to Eaton, was a Group B fixture between Nigeria and Greece at South Africa 2010.
Kicking off: Nigerian midfielder Sani Kaita (right) was sent off during the match
Nigeria midfielder Sani Kaita was sent off in the 33rd minute after kicking out at an opponent. His side were 1-0 up at the time but Greece won 2-1.
FIFA deny investigating any games from the tournament and Channel 4 News were unable to get a comment from Kaita or his agent.
UEFA are investigating evidence that suggests a Europa League match was fixed last month. They say their betting fraud monitoring system ‘detected suspicious betting patterns’ in Albanian club Tirana’s 5-0 defeat by Aalesund of Norway.