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Georgian football: "contract" versus goal2011-05-05 13:35
Georgian struggle with corruption, which success has been trumpeted so much by the republic's government, is becoming an evident mask. The clean façade conceals the cases of bribery and money laundering, which is not a rear thing in any sphere of activity. The latest scandal with contract matches in the Georgian football national championship speaks in favour of the tendency.
Let us remind you that several players of the domestic championship are suspected by the minister of interior of the republic of shadow connections with various bookmaker companies. In the opinion of the Georgian Themis, five players of Samtredia (Samtredia) Club, Baiya (Zugdidi) Club and Vit Georgia (Tbilisi) Club used to turn the battles in the football field into cheap performances. However, such "staging" brought them nice revenue: they got 12-15 thousand dollars for each played match with the necessary number of corner-kicks agreed upon beforehand.
The information was real shock for the entire Georgia. The people's love for football sprang not only from Meskhi's intricate dummies and Metreveli's violent break-ins. The audience admired its favourites for the sincere passion they displayed in the field. Even if one's rival was torn apart from the very first minute of the match, unable to offer resistance, or, vice versa, stood immovable - anyway, the audience knew that everything that was going on in the field was the triumph of the Game and Honor. Now the Georgian football is facing its "dark times".
It is evident that the players whose names were voiced in connection with the scandal are just the top of a giant deception pyramid built in the Georgian football. Contract games are no "one-player show". A qualitative realization of a vicious plan requires well-coordinated work of many participants. This fact is admitted by both representatives of the republic's law-enforcement authorities and the leaders of the local federation. "I believe that this is the top of the iceberg. Investigation goes on but, in my opinion, we are dealing with the whole teams", - head of the Georgian Football Federation Zviad Sichinava underlined. He also told that the organization he is leading has already informed FIFA and UEFA of what has happened.