A world cup match fixing scam involving a Nigerian football agent has been uncovered by a british reporter.
Mailonline reveals that Football agent Henry Chukwuma Okoroji was caught telling an undercover reporter that he could fix games and organise certain outcomes during the tournament which starts in Brazil later this month.
It comes just days after the National Crime Agency (NCA) investigated allegations that a friendly between Nigeria and Scotland had been targeted by criminal syndicates.Okoroji said that he could arrange a yellow card during a World Cup game for more than £41,000 and a penalty for £81, 000.Speaking from a hotel room in Milan, Italy, the businessman and his associate, only known as Joe, told the reporter a list of prices he would have to pay for different outcomes, including a a red card.
In an attempt to enhance their credibility, the pair also invited Lazio and Nigerian footballer Ogenyi Onazi to the meeting, however there is no suggestion he was involved.
'Hundred per cent, two players. It's left up to you people what you want to do. You will pay for a yellow or a red card or a penalty.
After making the offer, Okoroji rang a prominent Nigerian player and claimed he had agreed to take part in the fix.
But Okoroji said: 'The player cannot come because of his career, which is true. These things you cannot speak on the phone because they are monitoring, all agents, are monitoring his calls.
Okoroji claims he was a professional footballer and got into match-fixing after he was approached as a player. he also said he could speak to a senior figure in the Nigerian Football Federation to influence squad selection for forthcoming tournament.