The football match that changed the world’s perception of corruption in sport
In September 2010 a legendary friendly FIFA football match took place between Bahrain and Togo. It was legendary not only because of the nature of the game, but because it later transpired that the Togolese team was entirely “fake”. The match is a spectacular example of how corruption in sport - and match-fixing specifically - is organised and executed. The players, coaches and officials involved had no idea of the manipulation taking place, but once revealed it drastically changed the world’s view on the potential for corruption in sport. Though the scale of the corruption is almost comic, the Togolese players and coach suffer the consequences to this day; meanwhile, the mastermind behind it all has become something of a celebrity in the world of match-fixing.