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Game Fixing Rattles Soccer Around World – July 18th
Game-fixing scandals are engulfing men’s professional leagues around the world, from Turkey, whose top officials are meeting this week to determine whether the coming season will have to be delayed pending an investigation, to South Korea, where dozens of players have been indicted over the past several weeks. Authorities attribute the apparent burst of fixing cases to sophisticated criminal operations based in Singapore, Malaysia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.
Full Article >> New York Times
The Football League needs help with unravelling complex ownership deals – July 19th
In the wake of Channel 4 Dispatches’ investigation into the activities of the British Virgin Islands-registered London Nominees Football Fund on Monday night, the Football League admits it has no formal policy on the matter. Moreover as Clarke admitted on the programme, it does not have the resources to tackle the issue on its own.
Full Article >> The Guardian
Global match-fixing investigation claims major scalp as Wilson Raj Perumal is jailed for two years – July 19th
Wilson Raj Perumal, whose links to London were exposed by Telegraph Sport in April, was convicted in a Helsinki court alongside nine players from two Finnish clubs who were paid between €20,000 and €50,000 to fix matches.
He was described in court as “a member of international organised group doing betting scams” and his conviction marks a significant step in attempts to arrest the growth in corruption, which investigators believe spans the globe.
Full Article >> The Telegraph
Prem chief talks up technology – July 20th
The Premier League could see goalline technology introduced as early as the 2012/13 season, according to its chief executive Richard Scudamore.
“The technology is available, it is the fairness that is important and the Premier League would introduce it tomorrow if it could. Now FIFA is constructively engaged, we are hopeful the 2012-13 season is a realistic aim.”
Full article >>Football365.
New ESPN Deportes affiliate reaches Spanish soccer fans – July 21st
For Daniel Zubizarreta, listening to sports broadcasts in Spanish isn’t merely about the language. It’s the delivery that makes the difference.
“The announcers know a little more about the game. It’s like they’re passionate about it. In English, the announcing sometimes seems forced,” said Zubizarreta, 21, whose father is from Argentina and mother is from Mexico. “The English is too slow for me.”
For Zubizarreta and 3 million other Hispanics in the greater Bay Area, Modesto, Stockton and Sacramento, there is now an alternative: KTRB 860-AM, the Bay Area’s first 24/7 Spanish-language sports radio station.
Full Article >> Mercury News