Report: Belize approached to fix game
Members from the Belize men's national team were approached to throw their CONCACAF Gold Cup group match opener against the United States on Tuesday, this according to a transcript from 7 News Belize.
Players Andres Makin Jr., Ian Gaynair and Woodrow West reportedly were approached by a man in Guatemala, where the man attempted to befriend and coerce the players to fix their match against the United States in Portland on Tuesday night. The U.S. defeated Belize 6-1.
"He started talking that we don’t really stand a chance to beat the U.S. so he wanted us to promise him that we would lose the game and that he would give us a large amount of money to change our lives in Belize and to help our families," Belize international Gaynair told 7 News Belize.
"Then as he said that my entire features changed and I just felt a different way, I felt really uncomfortable just to be around the guy because I was already aware about the ‘match-fixing’ and I know that I could get banned for life."
Gaynair added: "He saw that my features changed and he saw that we weren’t into it so he got frightened and took out a large amount of money to bribe us, a lot of hundred and fifty dollar bills and threw it at us on the table and told us to keep it and to not say anything and to keep the money."