Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Bribing the Latvians

Latvian captain Vitalijs Astafjevs says that his side was offered "large sums of money" to throw their qualifier against Russia.

"Money was offered both to the Latvian Football Federation and to individual players that were contacted by representatives of the Russian side," Astafjevs was quoted as saying. "It was a bribe from the Russian side. They offered money to us to lose the game."

Latvian officials are denying any bribes being offered.

The game ended in a 1-1 tie, making it very hard for either side to over take second place Slovakia.

This might just be some bitter blood, but if there is truth to what Astafjevs is saying, Russia will not be seeing Germany or South Africa anytime soon.


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