In another hidden camera sting set to rock football to its very core, World Cup final referee Howard Webb has been caught on camera admitting how spot fixing is rife amongst the refereeing fraternity.
"I have been approached by sub continent bookies on several occasions offering me £100,000 to blow my whistle at four precise moments during the game - at the beginning and end of the first half and likewise in the second half. “ Webb explained.
“Whilst this was tempting, I had to remain above the law and politely turned them down as in my case £100,000 wasn’t nearly enough. But you can see for yourself this is happening up and down this country and around the world in every match and I’m sure less scrupulous members of the refereeing profession than myself could be taking advantage.”
But the interference of officials is not restricted to Football. In Delhi, Commonwealth Games officials have been approached, including the final lap bell ringer and the Starter who was offered vast sums to utter, before cetain events, the exact phrase “on your marks, set” before firing his pistol.
In a an even more remarkable claim, Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit, was asked to fix the athletes village to finish before the games started but even the bookies backed out when they visited the site for themselves.