User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Auto
Soccer
Horses
Golf
More
Betting Tools

 
Did dictators fix WCup title for Italy, Argentina?

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

ZURICH (AP) - A soccer conference has been told that the World Cup was twice won with the help of dictators fixing matches for the host country.

Advertisement
The assertions came at a symposium hosted by soccer's governing body called ``The Relevance and Impact of FIFA World Cups.''

Argentina's triumph in 1978 and Italy's in 1934 were said to be influenced by military leaders seeking propaganda coups.

Italian writer Marco Impiglia tells The Associated Press: ``It's the same old story: Sport and politics are brothers, and sometimes sport is under the other brother.''

Impiglia presented a paper suggesting Benito Mussolini ensured favorable refereeing decisions, helping the host team win.

Raanan Rein, an Israeli professor of Latin American history, says he's ``100 percent persuaded'' Argentina's then-ruling military junta influenced a 6-0 win against Peru.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
News: 2015-16 Champions Odds
Altidore scores two, USMNT edges Peru 2-1
Messi scores two, Argentina routs Bolivia
Mexico salvages 3-3 draw with Trinidad
Italy's Serie B to introduce green cards
Bayern's Martinez supporting migrants
US roster spots up for grabs Fri. vs Peru
Villas-Boas banned 6 games in Russia
German clubs, fans to support migrants
MORE HEADLINES
 
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership