A FOOTBALL COMEDY
A FRIENDLY FOOTBALL MATCH BETWEEN BAHREIN AND TOGO IN 2010, TURNS OUT TO BE RIGGED, AS THE TEAM REPRESENTING TOGO IS A FAKE TEAM SET UP BY INTERNATIONAL GAMBLERS. THE BAD GUYS TURN OUT TO BE VICTIMS, THE GOOD GUY IS REVEALED AS THE INTERNATIONAL GAMBLING CRIMINAL WHILE THE TOP CROOKS STAY OUT OF SIGHT, SINCE THEY HAVE THE POWER TO DETERMINE WHO’LL BE CONVICTED. A REVEALING PEEK INTO A HIDDEN WORLD.
WILSON RAJ PERUMAL
A convicted Singaporean match-fixer. Perumal is accused on several match fixing scandals, including Asiagate in 2007–2009 and the 2008–2011 Finnish match-fixing scandal. He was first jailed for match-fixing in 1995 in Singapore. In the same year, Perumal travelled to England on behalf of a Singaporean match-fixing boss to fix two FA Cup matches. In February 2011, Perumal was arrested in Finland and later sentenced to two years in prison. He served a year in Finnish prison and was then turned over to authorities in Hungary. He is currently living in Budapest.
COACH TOGOLESE ‘FAKE-TEAM’
Bana Tchanilé is a former football coach from Togo. He has been in charge of several Togolese and African clubs, as well as the Togo national football team on at least two occasions, in 2000 and in 2004. On 7 September 2010, Togo allegedly played Bahrain in a friendly losing the match 3–0. However, on 14 September, the Togo FA claimed that a fake team had played against Bahrain. On 20 September 2010, it was revealed that Tchanilé was the culprit and the Togo FA have given him a three-year ban in addition to the two-year ban he got in July 2010 for taking Togo players to play a tournament in Egypt. In 2016 Bana Tchanilé was banned for life by the FIFA due to a match fixing case in South Africa.
FIFA INTEGRITY COMMISSION
Chris Eaton is a well-known figure in the world of sports results manipulation who is sought after worldwide for his expert opinion and feedback on program’s aimed at tackling corruption in sport. He has worked in sport integrity at FIFA and INTERPOL and is currently the Sports Integrity Director at the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS). His resignation from FIFA was a setback for the infamous Asiagate scandal as Eaton was also instrumental in the
arrest of the Singaporean man at the center of the match-fixing debacle, Wilson Raj Perumal.
Former national football coach of Bahrain,
in function during the match Bahrain - Togo.
Former assistant coach of Bahrain, in function
during the match Bahrain - Togo.
INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST - SWITZERLAND
Investigative journalist from Switzerland, working for Le Matin, specialised in sports integrity and corruption and matchfixing in football.
Togolese journalist of Radio Victoire.
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It all starts with the legendary friendly FIFA football match between Bahrain and Togo which took place in September 2010. It is a legendary match because of the match itself; the result, the realization and the course of the match (rejected goals, pure playing time etc.). It is legendary in the second place because, as it turns out later, it drastically changed the view the world had till that time on match fixing. How was it possible that an official FIFA-match could have been played with a completely “fake team”? How was it possible that even people closely involved did not know about it? Even players, coaches and officials didn’t have any clue until the makers of the documentary confronted with the real story behind that match.
Although the match itself can be seen as a hilarious football comedy, the consequences are not funny at all. First of all, the match has had a dramatic impact on the Togolese players and coach. They suffer until this day from the consequences, which they couldn’t guess for at that time. Next to this, the match is exemplary for the way corruption in sport in general and match fixing specifically, is organized and executed. The makers of the documentary succeeded in showing a bright and plain picture, that goes much further than just influencing a result of a sports match. By showing that picture, the makers aim to inform the world of sports about this topic in order to open discussions and develop suitable solutions to protect sports integrity.
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