FIFA’s monitoring system found no evidence of match-fixing in the warm-up matches leading up to the World Cup.
Some matches leading up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa were tampered with by corrupt officials. “Because of this experience,” according to FIFA security director Ralf Mutschke, 98 matches played between May 15 and June 11 were examined.
However, Mutschke said in “none of those we have indicated a fix,” according to the Associated Press.
One match, a 2-2 draw between Nigeria and Scotland in London, was plagued by widespread rumors of a fix.
FIFA set up a pair of hotlines to report potential malfeasances – one for players and officials, one for the general public – but “we have not received any kind of hint or any kind of approach since the kickoff,” Mutschke says.
Mutschke said in an interview with FIFA.com a few weeks prior to the World Cup that he doubted the possibility of match-fixing in the tournament itself. However, he said the matches most susceptible would be those at the end of the group stage when teams’ fates were already decided.