Moscow: At least one in 10 football players in Russia, which would host the world cup in 2018, has been approached at some point of time to fix a match, the FIFPro international players’ association has said.
The statistics was released as part of FIFPro’s ‘Black Book’, a report into football problems based on an anonymous survey of over 3,000 players in Eastern and Central Europe. Of 177 players in Russia who answered, 10.2 per cent said they had been approached to consider match-fixing, FIFPro said. Russia was placed fourth in the list of 12 countries surveyed, behind only Kazakhstan, Greece and Bulgaria.
In total, 43.2 per cent of players in Russia said they were aware of match-fixing, ranking Russia behind only the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan and Greece, FIFPro said. Russia reported low levels of bullying and violence against players compared to other countries, according to the report.The Russian Coaches and Footballers’ Trade Union was quoted as saying that many players were afraid to speak out.