Declan Hill recounts story of how FIFA handled case of corrupt referee
On Friday’s NewsHour, investigative journalist Declan Hill speaks with Jeffrey Brown about new questions being raised — and some older ones that are back again — about corruption in the sport of international soccer and among some in its governing body, FIFA.
Internal documents released this past week, just days before the World Cup is set to begin in Brazil, have cast a cloud over the event. Hill, who has written two books on the subject, co-wrote a two-part series in the New York Times documenting how a match-fixing syndicate tried to rig contests in exhibition matches that led up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The Times series begins with the extraordinary story of one referee depositing $100,000 in cash on the morning of a match and then officiating later that day while making highly suspicious calls.
In an online extra, Jeff asks Hill to spell out what happened in some of the specific matches, including one contest where skeptical officials swapped out a referee whom they did not trust just minutes before the game.
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