Soccer is rapidly achieving the same status as horse racing when it comes to a little bit of corruption and market manipulation. If you asked a hardened race goer if every horse always tried he would laugh at you as he continued with the vital task of sorting out the goers from the dead ‘uns. Now that same analysis has become a vital consideration for sports bettors as news increasingly comes in from around the world of football match rigging.
The latest scandal is courtesy of China where Chinese police have detained at least four people on suspicion of match-fixing and gambling in a nationwide crackdown on soccer corruption. Newsagency Xinhua reports the Ministry of Public Security in the capital city of Liaoning province saying they had detained a number of former players, soccer officials and club officials on suspicion of “manipulating domestic soccer matches through commercial bribery.”