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CSA, FIFA to work together on inquiry into alleged CSL match-fixing


Canadian soccer followers will have to wait for the German courts to wrap up their match-fixing trials before we have any definitive answers over allegations a 2009 CSL match between the Trois-Rivieres Attak and Toronto Croatia was rigged.

“The Canadian Soccer Association is taking the lead on the matter and will be working with FIFA,” said CSL chairman Vincent Ursini. “They are waiting for the German court case to complete its findings.”

Last weekend, a court in Bochum, Germany, going over the evidence provided by Croat match fixers Ante Sapina and Marijo Cvrtak, heard that a Sept. 12, 2009 game between the Attak and Toronto Croatia had been targeted. Toronto Croatia has publicly denied any wrongdoing.

The Attak, at the time a reserve team of the Montreal Impact, won the match by a 4-1 score. Toronto Croatia missed a penalty in that game and also allowed a goal when a long free kick by Alex Surprenant, who now plays with FC Edmonton of the NASL, got through the TC keeper.

The match-fixing trial continues; the Maltese Football Federation has now launched an inquiry after allegations surfaced from the court that its 4-0 Euro 2008 qualifying loss to Norway was fixed after Cvrtak met with members of the Maltese side.

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  1. myles

    May 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Thank god, I thought I was the only that bet on the CSL.

    Am I betting on the 9 am Canada-Switzerland women’s friendly? Yes I am

  2. Tyler Durden

    May 14, 2011 at 1:21 am

    I like the irony of an article on match fixing with a banner from Picklive.com

    • Steven Sandor

      May 14, 2011 at 1:50 am

      Thanks for the comment. Appreciate it. The sponsors here help pay our writers and to keep the site running. I want to make it clear that this is not a site created by well-meaning volunteers.

      Picklive was one of our first sponsors, we appreciate the support. Picklive doesn’t depend on the results of games — it has you create mini fantasy teams in-game.

      As with all sports-related media, The 11 will preview and make some educated guesses on what will happen in upcoming games. But we don’t have anyone on staff who gives out gambling advice. I find that sports media that actually have staff members or paid pundits to talk about moving lines and spreads but, at the same time, having other columnists write about the evils of gambling on the results of games, are hypocritical.

      There is no denying the longstanding relationship between gambling and sports. But there’s a difference between the legitimate and legal side of the business and the underworld.

      • Tyler Durden

        May 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm

        I did not intend to associate Picklive.com with match fixing.

        I was more making a comment on the two sides of the gambling side of sports appearing together on the same story.

        One being the illegal side that effects people directly and the other being the entertainment side of it. Perhaps irony was the wrong choice of words.

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