Lifelong Ban for Football Match-Fixers

August 24, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. match-fixing (n.) [mach-fik-sing] – in sports, this happens when the results of the game have already been set before the game
Example: Gamblers often take advantage of match-fixing during competitions to make sure that they win the bet.

2. alleged (adj.) [uh-lejd or uh-lej-id] – suspected or believed to be something
Example: The alleged murderer was sent to court.
3. admit (v.) [ad-mit] – to confess or state a fact about oneself to be true
Example: The suspect admitted his guilt to the crime.

4. bribe (n.) [brahyb] – any valuable thing that is given to persuade someone to do something
Example: The children were given candy as a bribe to be good.

5. scandal (n.) [skan-dl] – public embarrassment  which may lead to damage of (someone’s) reputation
Example: The politician was removed from his position after being involved in a corruption scandal.

Read the text below.

A lifelong ban awaits football players and administrators found guilty of match-fixing, says Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) president Sepp Blatter during his visit in Harare, Zimbabwe.

FIFA is currently conducting investigations on the alleged incident of match-fixing reported by the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA). According to the report, Zimbabwean player Method Mwanjali admitted to being one of the five players who accepted bribes to lose their match against Thailand and Syria in 2009. The incident led to the firing of ZIFA's president in October 2010.

In an effort to clear up the issue, Blatter met with Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and the country's other football administrators. Blatter says that FIFA is working with government authorities to avoid the same scandal from happening again.

Blatter assures that once the investigations are completed, those found guilty will not go unpunished. They will never be allowed to play football again

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         Why do you think match-fixing in sports games exists?
·         How would you feel if you find out that the match of your favorite sports team was fixed?

Discussion B

·         What other kinds of sports news do you think are important aside from game results?
·         Why do you think discussing sports is interesting?

August 24, 2011