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  1. Vaze
    Vaze December 11, 2013 at 5:17 pm .

    I don’t think that it happens at the highest level. As has been stated, the risk versus reward is not as great.

    I certainly don’t think that referees deliberately throw matches, there may be mental pressure from certain managers and mind games do play a significant part.

    In fairness, the only awful refereeing decisions that I tend to see are when Villa play, I can watch a neutral match and think it’s all gone off reasonably well lol !

    As for takes in the past, I think that the Balaban and Angel transfers were ‘interesting’ at the time. That’s all I have to say on the matter.

  2. Naughtius Maximus
    Naughtius Maximus December 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm .

    I reckon the bungs go on a lot or at least did especially back in the day, probably pre premier was worse re transfer bungs, again the rewards at the top of the game are so much higher now it would take a ridiculous amount to make it worth a player or manager getting involved.
    I susspose however if a player had something to hide, drugs, scandle or gambling debts but it would be extremely rare I think. maybe internationals, the world cup fo instance, big games could be affected, it could be more widespread.
    for the most part I think its very very rare especially at the top of the game. I was speaking to someone a while back who was convince the prem fixture list was, well fixed for various reasons, I cant remember which. any way I argued that it would be extremely difficult to rig that because of all the people there’d have to be involved, it just wouldn’t happen wihout it coming to light at some point which is where most conspirisory theories fall down.
    personally I absolutely destest any form of cheating/fixing in sport, its one of the reasons I hardly watch boxing any more.
    these people are scum and I hope they get the maximum coming to them, they are lucky enough to be involved in football at a professional level and its still not enough for them, what people would do to be in their positions and they just abuse and waste their talent.

    1. giddyvillan
      giddyvillan December 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm .

      Agreed NM you couldn’t get a better example of pure greed mate.

  3. Morgan villa
    Morgan villa December 12, 2013 at 5:35 pm .

    I have always felt that decisions go against England in the major tournaments as we head towards the final, it will probably happen again this year as well

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