World Cup 2014: FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke Concerned Over Reports of Match-Fixing

Updated: 02 July 2014 11:38 IST

In an interview with Brazilian television channel Sportv, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said there was no way of knowing if games played during the World Cup had been manipulated.

World Cup 2014: FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke Concerned Over Reports of Match-Fixing
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke (C) attends the round of 16 football match between Brazil and Chile at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 28, 2014. © AFP

Rio de Janeiro:

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has expressed concern over match fixing in international football.

In an interview with Brazilian television channel Sportv, Valcke said there was no way of knowing if games played during the World Cup had been manipulated, reports Xinhua.

"It exists and it's something that we are not going to eliminate hundred percent," the governing body's World Cup chief said. (Also read: Cameroon FA to probe World Cup match-fixing claims)

"It happens at the highest level and at the lower levels. What we can do is control legal betting. We work with two companies that monitor this around the world. But it's very difficult to fight against what is done behind the scenes."

Valcke's comments came after German magazine Spiegel claimed the Group A match between Cameroon and Croatia June 18 was fixed.

The magazine alleged that Cameroon agreed with a betting ring before the match to lose 4-0.

Days later FIFA revealed the clash between Cameroon and Brazil June 23 was at risk of being rigged.

Media reports said alarm bells rang due to Cameroon's prior elimination from the tournament and reports of conflict within the Indomitable Lions' team.

Topics : FIFA World Cup 2014 Football
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