Radamel Falcao in Match Manipulation Mess

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Radamel Falcao in Match Manipulation Mess

Post by Maclatunji » Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:57 pm

Radamel Falcao is in the middle of a match manipulation scandal after he was caught on camera communicating with opposing Peru players apparently telling them to leave things as they were in his team’s 1-1 draw on Wednesday which guaranteed Colombia’s qualification and Peru’s ticket to an intercontinental play-off against New Zealand.

There were a lot of permutations and calculations on the night as South American (CONMEBOL) teams as well as those under CONCACAF completed their World Cup qualifying round.

Falcao admitted to telling Peruvian players to play for the 1-1 draw after he got word of other results that could affect both team’s chances of qualifying for Russia 2018.

Renato Tapia one of Peru’s players Falcao spoke to told Panamericana TV: “In the last five minutes, the Colombians approached us. They knew what the situation was in the other games. So we managed the game as we needed to… I spoke with Radamel, who told me we were both qualified, but it’s football and we play to win.”

It is unclear whether the Peruvians followed Falcao’s advice because a winning goal would have seen them qualify directly for the World Cup while the Colombians would have dropped into the play-off spot.

A heavy defeat for Colombia in that match would have favoured Chile who lost 3-0 to Brazil and got knocked-out of the Play-off zone on goal difference by Peru.

See the video of Falcao and the Peru players:

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