How referees are not quite as independent as we would like them to be and other concerns.
Background: the Match fixing scandal…
We have been considering the notion that the EPL is fixed for some time, gradually edging towards the view that something akin to the actions of Luciano Moggi (the Juventus manager) and others in Italy is now in place in the UK.
Moggi et al had conversations with several officials of Italian football to influence which referee got which game. The system (“Calciopoli” as it was called – Bribesville as it is translated in some quarters) did not mean that matches were fixed to produce a set score, knowledge of which could be used in gambling, but rather that favours were given by a variety of clubs to certain refs over time, and these refs edged games in favour of the clubs using the system. Juve, Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio, Reggina were all ultimately found guilty.
The system was hard to track down not least because it had little to do with gambling. The key approach to stopping match fixing in most of Europe involves waiting for the bookies to cry out that there have been “unusual betting patterns”, and then the investigation follows. Here there is no such activity, and because there is no other system to track down an English Bribesville, nothing happens.
Untold has been pretty much on its own in pursuing this line of enquiry until the BBC got in touch recently and started the round of interviews with ourselves, and our persistence with the story leaves us open to the notion that we are just looking for excuses when Arsenal lose.
You might like to note that the BBC has picked up on our story and is now running it here – including interviews with Walter and Dogface.
Untold, working initially alone, and then with Referee Decisions has repeated suggested that something is wrong, and that we are not at all convinced by the view that all corruption is gambling based. We think some of it might just be club based – as it was in Italy.
Further, we find that it is impossible to get to the truth because of the secretive nature of PGMO – the organisation that runs Premier League refereeing. A series of reports on the rumours that we are hearing from inside the world of refereeing are now appearing on Untold, and will be indexed here shortly.
You have to make your own mind up – but first please do take a look at the evidence in the articles above.
Articles from our archives
- Liverpool plan to start diving if refs don’t play fair
- What happened to Referee Decisions
- Football corruption allegations keep rolling along
- Playing clubs to win and not playing your strongest team
- Money can also buy you troubles
- A wise lesson from Twitter
- May you live in interesting times – how the media reports Untold stories
- Ref Review: the ultimate conclusion – what to do next?
- The scandal of EPL match scheduling
- Southampton again cited for illegal gambling, but who on earth can investigate?
Are Rangers about to follow the Royal Arsenal approach to football
More on Match fixing
Deliberate Injuries: an Untold investigation:
The football corruption files
- How corrupt is football?
- How refs are fixing football matches
- Corruption greed and rank stupidity
- Match fixing scandal – Council of Europe investigates but we don’t do it in England
- Comparing our findings on refs with the “Debatable Decisions” site
- How the times clubs play affect their chances of winning.
Match officials: Attacks upon linesmen and the professionalisation of refs
Match fixing: Media rush to deny match fixing takes place
Money laundering and football – some rather interesting examples
Arsenal are being screwed by the refs. A review of reports from 3 different web sites
The strange case of WBA: Why does West Bromwich Albion, get so many wrong calls?
The Referees Association: PGMOL: a secret body in breach of its own terms of reference
The Harry files:
- The coincidence of the coincidence of the coincidence: Harry Redknapp, Peter Storrie and the rest.
- Harry Redknapp and the Dog’s Bank Account (plus Capello)
- News from down the Lane, and the strange tale of Peter Storrie
Money Laundering and Football – an investigation
- When a club is bought, spends big and collapses. How money laundering in football works
- Money laundering is not complicated, you just need a cash generating business and football is a cash generating business.
- Money Laundering and football. Are the crooks really running the show? And what exactly are the media playing at?
- Money Laundering, Premier League Football, Operation Apprentice, Portsmouth
- Arsenal v Blackburn. We know the result its not worth going
- Arsenal – Blackburn Rovers: we can expect the worst. The very worst
- When Blatter steps in something unspeakable, it is hard to distinguish the man from what he trod in
- If Arsene Wenger was the Liverpool boss they’d be replaying the Mansfield FA cup tie.
- Match fixing continues, but little is being done
- Swansea v Arsenal FA Cup; Billy and Dennis converse
- 101 WAYS to CHEAT in FOOTBALL
- Tottenham staff spied on Olympic officials – new allegations
- Time wasting is now totally out of control
- How the Guardian newspaper made a total mockery of the Arsenal AGM
- What do FIFA registered agents do?
- The “Cannibal of Ajax”. Would banning players like Suarez stop diving?
- Does Barcelona pay their players to speculate in the transfer market?
- Maybe the money model in football is flawed after all.
Referees and Corruption
The Fulham Arsenal story in full
Finance, corruption and football special
- CORRUPTION: Match fixing in the Premier League, the proof, the evidence, the prediction.
- REFEREES: The shocking truth, only one in five red cards in the Premier League is correct
- CORRUPTION: THE TERRIBLE TRUTH about how referees are bought in Arsenal games.
- FIFA: If the FA had any moral stance it would resign from Fifa now.
- CORRUPTION: What the Sun and Mirror might have said about Mr Redknapp if he had worked for Arsenal
- Should Arsenal join other major teams in match fixing, in order to survive
- This is not Tottenham/Arsenal, this is Tottenham Dean v Arsenal
Untold Corruption is part of “Untold Arsenal” – an ever growing collection of articles and comment on numerous aspects of football from a pro-Arsenal perspective. A list of other sections within Untold Arsenal is given at the end of this page, and on the home page of the site.
Untold Corruption has evolved from the work of team who draw together their reports on how referees have performed in various matches, and combines this with reports of inconsistencies and downright bias. If you would like to contribute an article to any of the Untold Arsenal sections or if you would like to start up a new Untold section please do write to Tony.Attwood@aisa.org
Past stories from Untold Corruption are given below (these are roughly in date order starting with the latest) and after that the index to all the sites within the Untold series.
The referee match fixing: the 2010/11 season summarised
“It is clear that Arsenal pay a bigger referee penalty than all of the teams they’re competing against for the Premier League championship save for Liverpool.” Quantifying the Bias of Arsenal’s Referees vs the Rest of the League’s Clubs
Other recent articles from the match fixing & corruption series
Untold Arsenal – the (fairly) complete index
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