A couple of Belize soccer players say they refused a bribe to fix Tuesday’s match against the U.S., in which the U. S. team won 6-1 anyway.
According to The Associated Press, the international soccer officials are investigating the allegations by players Ian Gaynair and Woodrow West. The two were shown photos of a man accused of fixing matches in other countries. The Belize players then confirmed it was the same man who asked them to throw the match, according to the AP.
“He was wanting to become friends and come visit Belize,” Belize coach Ian Mork told the AP. “Then all of sudden he also showed up in Portland. It was through this kind of friendship of wanting to support the Belize team. It was obviously part of a plan to target our players.”