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£24000 a game offered by the Mafia to Uefa referees to fix matches

30’000 francs offers from the mafia to UEFA referees

That is the headline in the Swiss paper 20min, and normally at this point I’d be saying “Why do the Europeans cover these stories but not the English papers?”

But in fact this time it is the other way around, because the story broke in the Sun and has been picked up by the Mail, both English newspapers.

The Sun’s lead is:

“MAFIA bosses are targeting top UEFA referees with cyber-crime hits to try to fix footy matches.

“Officials are offered up to £25,000 to swing matches, according to a leaked memo seen by The Sun.”

The memo, which the Sun says was sent to the FA and other governing bodies and then passed on to their journalist, says, “The corrupters made use of cyber-crime tactics not previously seen in reported corrupter messages, possibly pointing to a bleed-over in tactics from more sophisticated groups or even the potential for collaboration with such groups.”

There is also mention of “incidents in which a suspected match-fixer attempted to recruit referees to manipulate matches via social media” adding, “This evolution may have been accelerated by the Covid lockdown, during which cyber criminals both diversified and intensified their criminal activities, according to Europol.”

The Daily Mail, in its discussion of the plot, adds that, “This kind of process has developed widely in recent years, especially with the pandemic. Some are offered up to the equivalent of 30,000 francs to manipulate a match. 

There is also the suggestion that “The use of social media to make contact and attempt bribery also seems new to the memo’s authors,” which is perhaps surprising given the dominance of social media.

This brings us back to the key question that Untold has so often raised.  If there is even a hint of something amiss, what is the best way to deal with it?  Is it to be hyper-secretive and not discuss the issue at all, or is it to be open, state that the problem is there, and that greater vigilance is needed?

As Untold has attempted to point out on numerous occasions, because of the way the media refuses to discuss even the possibility that there is something amiss with refereeing in this country we have a perfect case of “gaslighting” in which a specific topic is simply not available for discussion.  

Because of that approach, it becomes much easier for criminals to operate in the world of refereeing, simply because there is no recognition that anything is wrong, or could ever be wrong in the world of PGMO.  No referees are warned to beware, there is no open discussion of the problem: everything is a secret.  In short the PGMO has created the perfect world for this sort of corruption to evolve and flourish.

This, I must stress, is not to suggest that there is wholesale corruption of referees in England, nor indeed any corruption.  But the joint decision of the media in the UK never to raise any questions about what PGMO is up to, why it is so secretive, and numerous other issues (even down to the Premier League’s own site restricting its coverage of fouling analysed by clubs, in the Premier League matches) makes discussion of the possibility more difficult.

As a result, the criminals have an open playing field in which to operate – aided and abetted by the PGMO’s fanatical devotion to secrecy.

Gaslighting: how refereeing in the Premier League is manipulated, and why the media never speak about it.

7 comments to £24000 a game offered by the Mafia to Uefa referees to fix matches

  • Chris

    Tony,

    I believe the main reason is that PGMOL referees are so incompetent that any attempt to recruit them would misfire against the corrupter….
    And why corrupt an organisation that via it’s incompetence offers betting companies so many ways to be able to cash in ?

  • Kman

    Feigning incompetence would be the perfect guise to fix matches. The PGMOL knows this hence the decision to continually choose incompetent referees on and off the pitch. Then we have to listen to the convoluted defences by ex-expert-referee-pundits who unwittingly add more mystery amidst the bafflement of their arguments. More underhand than the Illuminati…

  • Introducing VAR to eradicate referee mistakes is a great way to control the potential outcome of a pre-fixed game. VAR simply hasn’t been used correctly, with many dubious and contentious decisions made, even with the aid of close up slow motion. Scrap VAR, it’s too easy to use as a fixing tool.

  • AlexP

    Totally agree, yesterday I left a comment on Hayterz TV YouTube channel video of Stuivenberg’s interview where I have simple stated that Albert has simply, without actually saying so, accused PGMO of match fixing. Hayterz TV has promptly replied to my comment threatening to watch my mouth as to who I’m accusing of corruption and flat out criminal activities.

  • Chris

    @AlexP,

    please join the club and only talk about incompetents, idiots, morons, which means no one can accuse you of anything….except having an opinion which is free speech, is it not ?

    And I mean, just think about it. Is there enough intelligence around these people to plot something as massive as what you are implying ?

    My guess is : no way.

    FII – f….g incompetent idiots.Keep on banging that drum !

  • mike in atlanta

    VAR was only ever going to be useful if an independent body ran it. If you put Mike Dean and his fellow hoodlums in the VAR room that only gives them a newer opportunity to sway a game. Use refs from a different league and suddenly VAR will start to work.

  • It was interesting that this article should appear in the British press, and 48 hours later, we witnessed one of the greatest refereeing smash-and-grabs seen in recent sporting history.

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