How do you fix a soccer game?

You find someone who wants to flip

From an article in Salon:
Buy off a star player and let him deal with his teammates. In The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime, journalist Declan Hill described the shady world of match-fixing. Fixers hire a “runner”—a local go-between with connections in the league. He’s often a former athlete looking to augment his post-playing-career income. He identifies a top player who is susceptible to a buyoff. Maybe the player has gambling debts of his own, or perhaps he’s going through an expensive divorce. The runner passes him a lump of cash and promises more if he gets the desired result. If the player fails, however, the fixers will come after him. The player is then responsible for distributing the money among teammates who are willing to play along. It usually takes four or five players to ensure a loss. Fixers sometimes try to buy the collusion of referees, but it’s a less reliable strategy since there’s only so much a ref can do to influence a game without being obvious.
Read more: How Do You Fix a Soccer Game? With a runner and a few beards. Salon>>
- Image modified from Declan Hill's book

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