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2014 World CupShenanigans

Is This Video Evidence Of Match Fixing By Nigeria? You Decide (While FIFA Does Likewise)


On Tuesday British police began an investigation on allegations that Wednesday’s international friendly between Nigeria and Scotland might be fixed. And on Wednesday, the play you see in the video above occurred.

Now I’m no expert on match fixing, or soccer for that matter. But it sure looks like Nigeria goalkeeper Austin Ejide flips the ball into his own net in this video.

On Tuesday, the London Telegraph reported that the National Crime Agency (Britain’s FBI) asked FIFA to issue an alert over attempts to rig the match, to be played in London the next day.

This is one of the plays in that match, and the word fishy doesn’t begin to describe it. Sports Illustrated:

With Nigeria trailing 1-0, Ejide appeared to sensationally throw the ball into his own net off a corner kick in the 32nd minute. The play didn’t stand, as it was nullified when Scotland’s Grant Hanley was whistled for a foul. Nigeria didn’t fail to secure its own goal, though, with Azubuike Egwuekwe turning a cross into his own net in the 52nd minute, breaking a 1-1 deadlock.

Nigeria scored in the 90th minute and the match ended in a 2-all draw, so that complicates matters even more. The answers are shrouded in mystery right now. So let’s just enjoy the most suspicious soccer video in recent times.



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