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El Salvador ‘Refused Bribe To Fix Match’

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El Salvador’s national team say they have refused a bribe to fix Tuesday’s World Cup 2018 qualifying game against Canada

San Salvador, El Salvador – Woes from the past have returned to hunt El Salvador national team after the team was offered a bribe to fix the outcome of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Canada.

El Salvador captain, Nelson Bonilla, played a tape of the 10-minute conversation in which the man promised varying amounts of money depending on the result and the time played by each player, from $30 a minute for a win to $10 a minute in a 1-0 defeat.

“In reference to what we heard, we want to make it clear that we are against anything of this kind,” Bonilla said. “We want to be transparent about everything that has happened with the national team.”

The Salvadoran newspaper La Prensa Grafica named the businessman as Ricardo Padilla and quoted him as saying he thought there was nothing wrong with the offer as he was not asking the players to throw the game.

“Let them investigate, I’m not worried,” he told the paper. “Those who want to see it as something bad can see it that way and those who want to see it as something good then they can too.“

The Salvador Football Federation confirmed the news on its Facebook page, posting a video and releasing a statement which read: “Players from the national football team revealed this [Monday] afternoon in a news conference a recording of a Salvador businessman Ricardo Padilla offering them “prizes” to win, draw or even lose against their Canada counterparts.

“The news conference took place while in the team’s camp in Vancouver, Canada, where tomorrow [Tuesday] a game will take place against the North American opponents.

A heavy defeat for El Salvador in Vancouver could prevent their neighbors Honduras from progressing to the final Hexagonal stage of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Honduras has a small edge over Canada, however, they are playing against heavy favorite Mexico at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City with the odds against them.  El Salvador are bottom of the group with two points from a possible 15.

Three CONCACAF nations will automatically qualify for the 2018 World Cup, which is being staged in Russia, with a fourth entering a play-off against a team from the Asian Football Confederation.