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How to Fix a Football Match: Channel 4 Dispatches

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As World Cup fever grips the globe, Channel 4 Dispatches and the Telegraph goes undercover to lift the lid on football match fixing.

We reveal the story behind the conviction of match fixers who tried to infiltrate the English game and we confront those offering to help fix a match involving a team competing in the World Cup.

So how can an international football game be fixed?

Normally, if two nations want to play football they will contact each other directly and arrange the game.

But middle men, with a match agent, can also approach one country, offer to pay for the match and then find an opponent.

The middleman makes his money on ticket sales and TV rights.

These operators are known as agents or 3rd party sponsors and it is entirely legitimate for them to put on a game. But it’s a system that’s wide open to abuse by fixers.

We asked former FIFA investigator Terry Steans to go undercover. His mission - to discover if it’s possible to fix a match involving a world cup team.

His cover story is that he’s a consultant for Far East investors who have gambling interests.

We make contact with someone we’d come across when looking at player ownership for a previous Channel 4 Dispatches. He suggested he could help arrange matches for Ghana’s national team.

This is what we our undercover investigation discovered:

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How to Fix a Football Match: Channel 4 Dispatches airs tonight, Monday 23 June, 8pm, Channel 4.

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