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FIFA investigate Greece-Nigeria game
- Updated: August 7, 2012
FIFA have had to refute claims that they are investigating the 2010 World Cup match between Greece and Nigeria for match-fixing.
The governing body’s former head of security, Chris Eaton, spoke to Channel 4 News and confirmed the match was being investigated.
Eaton was speaking of a widespread corruption problem in football that involved “hundreds” of officials across “a number of clubs and federations”.
Greece’s group game against Nigeria – which they won 2-1 and during which Sani Keita was sent-off for an off-the-ball incident in the 33rd minute – has been the focus of widespread media reports in the aftermath of Eaton’s claims.
FIFA have since released a statement denying any investigation into the 2010 World Cup.
Match-fixing and corruption have plagued the domestic game in Greece at both professional and semi-professional levels in the past.
Early in 2011 almost 70 people named in a match-fixing scandal that rocked the Greek game, among them Olympiacos and Greece defender Avraam Papadopoulos.
Kavala and Olympiacos Volou were two top-flight clubs who were subsequently relegated for their involvement, with their respective chairmen banned for life.