Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world. Many of its players are considered true stars. However, this discipline has its dark side. Its history has been muddied by several scandals on and off the field of play. Here we tell you the most outstanding episodes.
1 the bribes of Bernard Tapie
Olympique de Marseille is one of the most important teams in French football. However, his track record was tainted in the 1992-1993 season. It was discovered that the president of that club to date, Bernard Tapie, bribed several opposition players so that Olympique could win the league and then the UEFA Champions League. Tapie and other linked persons went to prison.
2 the Totonero scandal
In 1980, one of the biggest soccer scandals took place in Italy, which was called Totonero. Several club players from series A and B, such as Lazio, Juventus, Napoli and AC Millan, were involved in the match-fixing and were sanctioned. Among them was the legendary Paolo Rossi.
3.The shaking of the Calciopoli case
Another more recent Italian scandal was Calciopoli. Authorities demonstrated that the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 series A seasons were influenced by the appointment of match referees to be favorable to them. Managers of the Juventus, Lazio, AC Milan and Fiorentina teams were involved. The teams suffered the consequences.
4.Russia and Qatar World Cups in focus
The accusations and formal complaints about alleged bribery in the World Cup in Russia and the next World Cup in Qatar are in process. The US justice assured that FIFA officials were bribed so that Russia and then Qatar would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, respectively.