Archive | September 6, 2016

El Salvador refuse bribe to fix match….

El Salvador

El Salvador’s national football team say they have refused a bribe to fix Tuesday’s World Cup 2018 qualifying game against Canada. At a news conference, team members played an audio recording of the person allegedly offering various incentives. Canada must beat El Salvador in Vancouver and hope Mexico defeat Honduras in the final round of Group A games to stand a chance of progressing. El Salvador cannot progress to the final round of qualifying. “It’s the most dramatic thing in football I’ve seen for some time now,” investigative journalist Declan Hill said. “The entire team came in with their coaches and said they had been approached on Saturday. They played an 11-minute conversation with the attempted match-fixer. “He was offering each player a variety of money per minute depending on the result they could get. The most they would have got for allegedly fixing the match would have been about $3,000 per player.” Hill said the offer was allegedly made by an El Salvadorian who knew some of the players, but who wanted to aid the Honduras national team. Canada, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico are members of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). Three CONCACAF nations will qualify for the 2018 World Cup automatically, with a fourth entering a play-off against a team from the Asian Football Confederation.

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Cote d’Ivoire Olympic medalists given cash and houses….

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara (R) and his wife Dominique Ouattara pose with the Olympians.

Ivory Coast’s two medallists from the Rio Olympic games have been given cash awards and houses by the president. Cheick Cisse, who won taekwondo gold, was given $85,000 and Ruth Gbagbi, who won bronze in the women’s event, got $51,000. Cisse’s gold medal was the first in the country’s history. Last year, President Alassane Ouattara made similar awards to members of the national football team after they won the African Cup of Nations. He did not reveal any details about the houses given to Cisse and Gbagbi, or their location. Mr Ouattara and his wife Dominique wore the medals as they posed with the athletes for photos at the presidential palace in the country’s commercial capital, Abidjan. Ivory Coast had only won one Olympic medal until this year. Gabriel Tiacoh won a silver medal in the men’s 400m in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He died in 1992. Ivory Coast used to be one of Africa’s richest countries but its economy has been devastated by years of conflict.