Greece Has Major Problem with Match-Fixing
A recent survey has found that match-fixing is a “major problem” in Greece with 12.8% of players asked saying that they have been approached and asked to manipulate a game in the last year.The survey was conducted by Birbeck, University of London, on behalf of the world players union FIFPro. It also found that there is a major problem in Italy, but the number of cases exposed there indicates a willingness to tackle the problem.
In England none of the footballers questioned said that they had been approached to fix a match in the last year nor did they believe that any matches in their league had been manipulated.
Roughly 1,5000 players from the first and second division in England, Scotland, Greece, Slovenia, Finland, Italy, Hungary and Romania were interviewed for the survey.
In Greece 13.7% of players interviewed said that they have played in fixed matches with nine players saying they were suspicious at the time. Furthermore, 12.8% of players said they had been approached in the last year. A total of 64% said that they think games in their league had been fixed in the last year, a far higher number than any other country, the next highest was Romania at 13.6%.