U.S. soccer president tells CNN more misconduct cases reported since ’92
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati listens during the FIFA Council meeting on March 31, 2009 in Zurich, Switzerland. The issue of match fixing has been a focal point of the soccer world during this year’s FIFA World Cup. (Chetan Anand/Getty Images)
In a wide-ranging interview with CNN, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said more cases of match-fixing have been reported in the last 10 years, and the problem has gotten worse instead of better.
“It’s really come to the point we need to do everything we can to put an end to match fixing in the game,” said Gulati, speaking from his home in Florida. “Match fixing is a game of dishonor. It’s a game to bring down the integrity of the game. And at the moment, we have a huge problem in that regard.”
The issue of match fixing in soccer has long been a problem. However, for many years, it was only isolated cases, and it wasn’t clear what the problem was.
“Match fixing is a problem that I’ve had throughout my whole time in the sport,” Gulati said. “It’s always been there. It’s always been in our sport. It’s always been reported. It’s always been in the news before. It’s become an epidemic. And I believe it’s gotten worse instead of better.”
Gulati said he also believes it’s becoming a greater concern for the game than match fixing before. He said it has become a much bigger problem instead of the occasional incident that it was a few years ago.
“I believe it’s become more of a concern now than it ever was before,” Gulati said. “And I think that’s a good thing. We need to change the way we report incidents. We need to be more aggressive and make sure that the players understand that they’ve got to report incidents to