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Match fixing: Football games 'easy to manipulate'

Police are continuing to question six people arrested after an ex-Portsmouth player told an undercover reporter he was involved in fixing football matches.

Sam Sodje is alleged to have said he could arrange for players to be booked and sent off in return for bribes of tens of thousands of pounds.

Clarke Carlisle, former chair of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) told the Today programme: "It's now very easy to manipulate a single incident. Influencing a match used to be wholly more complex."

Mark Palios, former chief executive of the Football Association (FA) said: "The real trick is to make sure the [players] have the ability to safely whistleblow."

First broadcast on the Today programme on Monday 9 December.

  • 09 Dec 2013
  • From the section UK