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The fixing of matches in research

November 1st, 2007 by Janus Sejersen Laursen and Alexander Borch Nielsen · 2 Comments

One of the relevant questions that often come into mind when ever you discuss the world of fixed matches is how these matches are actually being carried out. Declan Hill freelance journalist and PhD.-student at Oxford University, UK has been working on how to pin out the signs of cheating in football matches around the world.

Some of the ways to cheat in practice is when the goalkeeper places himself in a slightly wrong position and pushes the ball instead of catching it. For midfielders it can be keeping the ball for a long time giving the opponent a chance to seize it, dribbling straight at the opponent or simple shooting right at the keeper, says Hill.

In his research he splits up the fixing of matches into two categories: arranged match fixing and gambling match fixing. In arranged fixing it is the team officials who are acting as the corrupters while in gambling fixing it might be just one of the players on the team.

- When performing a fixed match the corrupters try to make sure it can’t be seen and acting naturally is an important thing in that aspect. It is often the people you would not suspect that are behind it, says Declan Hill.

His conclusion on the subject is somewhat surprising: fixed games are often played different to the way the public think of a corrupt match.

- My studies shows that the goals are often being scored right in the beginning of matches and not as penalties in the last minutes as one could expect. The activity in a fixed match is lower at the end of each half whereas the honest matches show significant attempts to score goals in the last minutes of the match, Declan Hill explains.

- The cheating is often carried out as not doing certain things than the opposite for instance giving a penalty to the opponent team. It is only the bad fixed games the public detect, says Declan Hill.

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