Clues Point to Rigged World Cup Match

Asian betting syndicate may have connections to Ghana team
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2008 3:57 PM CDT
In this June 27, 2006 file photo Brazil's Ronaldinho, left, is challenged by Ghana's John Pantsil during the World Cup Round of 16 soccer match between Brazil and Ghana in Dortmund, Germany.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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(Newser) – Asian betters may have fixed a World Cup game between Brazil and Ghana 2 years ago, a Canadian reporter says. His research links players on Ghana's team with a Bangkok betting ring that wanted Brazil to win that match—and it did.

The reporter's story, to be published in Der Spiegel on Monday, also notes that a Malaysian man placed unusually large bets on two German league games in 2005. German soccer leagues have already called for an investigation, Deutsche Welle reports.