Powerful points | ‘Play the Game’ mulls match-fixing over muffins

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The Play the Game Web log includes pictures of the breakfast buffet. Link to the blog.Copenhagen | The fourth “Play the Game” conference started Sunday, Nov 6, with a focus on sports corruption. Declan Hill of Oxford University reports that match-fixing in football is common, with the most egregious example perhaps Malaysia in the 1990s. “Up to 90 percent of games were fixed and often both teams and every official were bought,” the Play the Game site reports.

On Monday, Nov 7, conference attendees petitioned FIFA for information about its relationship to Burma’s football authorities and the case of journalist Zaw Thet Htwe, arrested for reporting on the possible misuse of FIFA monies.

We enjoy some of the more mundane aspects of the “Play the Game” Web log, such as a live update from an empty conference room:

There are not many people in here at the moment, the sound man has just been doing his sound check and the next speaker is preparing her power point slides.

The conference concludes Thursday, Nov 10.

About the Author

John Turnbull founded The Global Game in 2003. He was lead editor for The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and has also written on soccer for Afriche e Orienti (Bologna, Italy), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times Goal blog, Soccer and Society, So Foot (Paris) and When Saturday Comes. His essay "Alone in the Woods: The Literary Landscape of Soccer's 'Last Defender' " in World Literature Today was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also for World Literature Today he edited a special section on women's soccer, "World Cup/World Lit 2011," before the Women's World Cup in Germany. The section appeared in the May-June issue. His next project is a book on soccer and faith.

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