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.