FIFA Investigates Nigeria-Argentina Exhibition As Match-Fixing Probe Widens-AP

Photograph by: AFOLABI SOTUNDE/ REUTERS
By The Associated Press

ZURICH — FIFA and Nigeria's soccer federation are investigating Argentina's 4-1 loss in Nigeria on Wednesday after betting patterns suggested it was targeted by match fixers.

It is the highest profile match yet in a wave of suspicious recent international exhibitions, often with goals scored from penalty kicks.
The match "was one that we had an active interest in, and forms part of a wider ongoing FIFA investigation," soccer's world governing body said Saturday.

FIFA was "working closely" with its betting monitoring agency, Early Warning System, which tracks wagers placed with more than 400 operators worldwide.

A second-string Argentina team was outplayed by Nigeria, which earned its first victory over the South Americans in a one-sided match.
The Nigeria Football Federation, which organized the match, said it would help FIFA's investigation and also set up its own inquiry, but denied any knowledge of match fixing, stressing it was "unaware of any suspicious motives in this game."

"We will put all these measures (the inquiry) in place in the spirit of fair play and transparency," NFF General Secretary Musa Amadu said in a statement. "But we would still insist that, until it is proven beyond doubt, we believe that we won this match fair and square ... There remains, to the best of our knowledge, no untoward motives to this game than to play it fairly and win it fairly."

Argentina coach Sergio Batista, talking Saturday at a press conference in Warsaw ahead of his team's exhibition against Poland on Sunday, said he "did not notice anything alarming" during the Nigeria match.
Hours before kick-off at the National Stadium in Abuja on Wednesday, FIFA President Sepp Blatter launched his "Zero Tolerance" campaign to stop corruption in soccer.

FIFA's 208 member nations in Zurich also passed new rules to control the organization of international matches, including the power to veto referee appointments.

Referee Ibrahim Chaibou of Niger awarded two penalties — one to each side — in Wednesday's game between two teams who played each other at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Nigeria took a 2-0 lead with a 26th minute spot-kick after Chaibou awarded a foul against Argentina defender Federico Fazio.
Five minutes of stoppage time were announced at the end of the match, with play continuing until the 98th minute, when Argentina scored with a penalty kick from Mauro Boselli.

Argentina's spot kick was awarded by Chaibou for a debatable handball after the ball appeared to strike a Nigerian defender on the shin and then bounce up and hit a teammate on the thigh.

Argentina fielded a below-strength lineup without star forwards such as Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria.
However, there was no suggestion that players from either team were involved in manipulating the match.

Chaibou is one of the most experienced FIFA-approved referees with 15 years' service on the international list. He was born in 1966 and must step down this year on reaching FIFA's referee age limit of 45.
As match-fixing investigations develop across the world, FIFA announced last month it would pay Interpol US$29 million over the next 10 years to educate referees, players, coaches and officials in how to resist corruption.

"FIFA is currently receiving lots of information and co-operation across Europe, Asia, Africa and South and Central America, and as an organization we are committed to tackling this problem in the most vigorous way possible," the governing body said.
 

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Fifa will always make the

Fifa will always make the black nation look stupid. When we won the Kodak Under 17 in China in 1985, please go back and watch the tape, they were mourning, they could not clap very well and Kodak did not suponsor another compitation again. In the world cup of USA '94, we saw how Italy cheated us out and there was no free kick, no yellow cards and no penalty for fowls agains Amokachie and Amonike.

Is not

Is not match fixing! You can't bribe Argentines in matters of football. Nigeria won! Although the incompetent referee nearly spoiled the game by awarding fake penalty to Argentina after the extra time might have ended
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u r just a big fool, with

u r just a big fool, with shallow brain

SICK TALK.

VERY SICK TALK.
IS A PITY OUR SO CALLED NFF DO NOT KNOW
ARE DOING BY SETTING UP AN INVESTIGATING TEAM.
TAHT ALONE SHOWS HOW IRRESPONSIBLE & UNPATRIOTIC THEY ARE.

WHERE THEY NOT PART OF THE PLANING?

THEN COME TO THINK OF IT, HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK
YOU WILL GIVE A VERY FANATICAL & PROUD ARGENTIAN TO SELL OUT HIS COUNTRY?

we (nig)won d match,. but

we (nig)won d match,. but really there is some level of suspicion. if betting syndicates had bet that d match would end 4-1, and we scored 4 goals (one from penalty) and argentina feilded a relatively unknown team, and got a dubious penalty in d 8th minute of extra time which was supposed to be only 5 minutes, then d following pple have questions to answer:
1.the match referee
2.the argentine FA
3.the argentine coach
4.maybe some of his players.
naija, make una relax...except if some of us were involved. but objectively, i think argentina has a lot to explain.

pdp master fixers

No doubt d master fixers(pdp) have done their
Work.

pdp master fixers

No doubt d master fixers(pdp) have done their
Work.

master fixers

D master fixers has done it.

pdp master fixers

Tell me anything dat attracts attention

Which was not dubiously fixed by pdp?

nija match

pls are nigerians morons this so disappionting our lack of insight is pathetic, fifa has said that in the last 5 mins heavy bets came in that another goal would be scored is that not suspicous? makes u want to cry as my pple show the thier ignorance

nija match

pls are nigerians morons this so disappionting our lack of insight is pathetic, fifa has said that in the last 5 mins heavy bets came in that another goal would be scored is that not suspicous? makes u want to cry as my pple show the thier ignorance

Jesus has so much for FIFA

As Jesus said, why won't FIFA remove the log in its eyes before complaining about the specks in the eyes of Nigerians and Argies? For years this discredited body had bred immense corruption within its ranks and that has spread to national levels; why is it now crying to high heavens for a monster it created and nurtured? As far as I'm concerned, this is high level
Afghanistanism-diverting attention away from one's problems to others'. Every aspect of FIFA stinks, yet
it had resisted reforms to the extent that it even embarked on selection last Wednesday to protect cesspool of corruption. Let IOC beam searchlight on FIFA and cleanse this Augean stable that is now pointing accusing fingers.

match fixing

pls gentle men lets be realistic, this match is actualy one sided, all the same we should not be in a hurry to jump into conclutions for or against the match fixing alegation untill we get the outcome of the investigation. as the saying goes their is no smoke without fire.

Sahara reporters,why did the

Sahara reporters,why did the caption of this piece say 'exhibition' instead of 'game' or 'match'.Please don't try to sway people to your side with hidden words.There is no need to jump to conclusion just because Nigeria is a corrupt nation.

Objectively speaking,the

Objectively speaking,the referee should be investigated for glaring misjudgments that stinks.i don't think the match was fixed,Nigeria obviously deserved to win in
a one sided game it turned out to be.Argentina underrated the eagles with a pinch of insult by fielding a reserve team and they got the thrashing of their life.The ref spoiled it by allowing the game go for eight minutes and awarding the argentines a controversial penalty.

Grammar

I used to love reading comments underneath articles. But I don't understand why Nigerians my reading them in recent times. Please people let's pay more attention to our grammar in commentaries. No one is saying you should tone-down on the vocabulary, but your commentaries are meant to not only meant to be just that, commentaries; they also serve to guide the younger ones in their use of English.

With respect to the FIFA investigation, I'm of the opinion that, if Argentina had won the match, an investigation won't have been launched.

Bomberstic.....

Uou think agentina will allow nigeria defeat them on mattch fix? defame them? how much can nigeria pay them...bomberstic speculators....

NIGERIA ARGENTINA MATCH

Let those doubting Thomas see what we are going to do to the Ethiopians today then they will now know that Nigerian soccer have now come of age why do they expect us to be embryos of soccer all the time
Time will surely prove us right and truthful this time around

blatter/fifa were disapointed

blatter/fifa were disapointed Nigeria did not loose the match blatter is the must corruputed person on earth he never like to see anything good in Our Beloved Africa

BIAS, BIAS, BIAS.

I'm Nigerian, I criticize Nigeria as is necessary. This one stinks of racial bias. Nigeria can't make FIFA money. The south American (Brazil and Argentina mainly)and the Europeans are the ones that can make big money for FIFA. To them, Nigeria is not marketable, hence they have to cast doubts on the game as the result is damaging to the reputation of their golden egg, market, brand, call it whatever you want. Uncle Jo and all, this is why we have to develop Nigeria in all facets to regain our lost respect, image, and glory. The Nigerian image accross the globe is that of CORRUPTION, therefore we are an easy target. If S Africa had spanked Argentina, may be, just may be this dust wouldn't have been raised.
My sixth sence, I may be wrong, and I hope I am.

fifa dont be racist

I expect the NFA to issue a public statement to counter fifa on this nonesense and educate them on the need to be fair, this statement is an insult on nigeria football, does it mean it is not possible for nigeria to win agentina? all other countries that agentina won how may have they investigated? this is just a diliberate distraction and insult on africa football.

Why cant you guys see that it

Why cant you guys see that it is the Ref and the Argentines that will be looked at. The match was suspicious i must confess, especially the penalties. Please stop all this non sense talk of FIFA targeting Nigeria because we won, it only radiates ... complex. Enough said.

fifa

if u live ia a glass house (fifa)....dont throw stones!!!

My brothers, this is to show

My brothers, this is to show you how these people hate you and your country. They believe nothing good can come from your country hence beating Argentina was never expected. If Argentina had won 50:0, FIFA would not investigate. FIFA: International Federation of Four19 Authority led by chief and most corrupt man living on earth, Sepp Blatter. Let him not distract us from heavy corruption allegations hanging on his neck. He should tell us how much he sold hosting rights to Qatar, Brazil, South Africa , Rusia, Japan/Korea etc.

CORRUPTION IN SPORT; ON GOING PHENOMENAL...

So why is FIFA raising eyebrow now. Blatter & co are the meanest culprits! No conspiracy theory here. This is so spot on with Fifa crisis ongoing. Putting your house in order shouldn't start with an African country!

Fifa must hold the ref, Argentine coach and players responsible. Nigeria play their game and won. Period!

Nigerians never cease to

Nigerians never cease to amaze me. If it was fixed, who got the payout? It has nothing to do with Nigeria. It is an Argentine problem. People don't get paid off to win games, they are paid to lose, so what they are saying is that the Argentinians were paid to lose. All that matters to us, is we won. Now the ball is in the court of Argentina to defend their players. If the ref added extra time, was it to benefit Nigeria who was already up 4-0, or to give Argentina a chance to score? Let's move on. Blatter is just trying to distract people from the scandal of corruption and bribery that is plaguing FIFA right now and which Blatter himself with the questionable election may not have been untouched.

What does FIFA think?

Does FIFA think that Nigeria cannot win a international match? I bet they didnt know that a new Nigeria has evolved, with new talents and new innovations like NigerianPro.com

What does FIFA think?

Does FIFA think that Nigeria cannot win a international match? I bet they didnt know that a new Nigeria has evolved, with new talents and new innovations like NigerianPro.com

Bull shit

What is all these fuss about Nigeira beating Agentina. In the history of Agentina Nigeria ecounter and even with their full team, they have never defeated Nigeria by more than a goal difference. If they decided to field their second team against a team they barely defeated in their history then, the foolishness is the Agentine's.

Bull shit

What is all these fuss about Nigeira beating Agentina. In the history of Agentina Nigeria ecounter and even with their full team, they have never defeated Nigeria by more than a goal difference. If they decided to field their second team against a team they barely defeated in their history then, the foolishness is the Agentine's.

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