El Salvador’s World Cup soccer gamers dropped a little bit of a bombshell at a Monday evening press convention at their Vancouver resort: They’ve been provided cash in the event that they handle one in every of three particular ends in Tuesday’s World Cup qualification match towards Canada at BC Place Stadium.
The gamers mentioned they rejected the provide.
El Salvador captain Nelson Bonilla mentioned the gamers had been revealing the provide as a result of they wished it to be clear they “are towards this stuff.”
Tuesday’s match between Canada and El Salvador is being performed concurrently with Mexico vs. Honduras; each video games are the ultimate matches within the four-team pool, with Honduras at present sitting above Canada within the standings. Mexico has already certified to advance to the ultimate spherical, whereas El Salvador is out of competition.
Telemundo play-by-play man Andres Cantor reviews the gamers had been provided cash to both defeat Canada, tie or lose 1-0. A loss to Canada would guarantee Honduras superior to the subsequent spherical of World Cup qualification, whereas Canada scoring only one aim in a win would all however assure it.
It’s additionally a state of affairs the place the provide to the El Salvador workforce has little probability of holding up. Canada will not be an attacking powerhouse however they’re nonetheless strongly favoured to win. On the opposite aspect of the ledger, the Mexicans are sturdy favourites to win at residence vs. Honduras.
A Canadian win and a Honduran loss aren’t sufficient on their very own for Canada to advance: They should overhaul a five-goal differential as effectively. For instance, a 3-Zero win for Canada and 3-Zero loss for Honduras would do the trick.
If El Salvador had been to win, the provide mentioned they’d see $30 per minute performed; a tie would have earned them $20 per minute, whereas a 1-Zero loss was mentioned to be price $15 per minute. In a rustic the place the typical city household revenue is simply shy of $8,000 per 12 months ($4,300 per 12 months in rural households), that’s some huge cash. However the gamers mentioned no anyway.
The provide was made on Saturday on the workforce’s resort in San Salvador by Salvadoran businessman and former president of Membership Alianza Ricardo Padilla, the gamers mentioned. Padilla advised the gamers he represented a wealthy Honduran who wished to make certain his nationwide workforce superior to the ultimate spherical of qualifying.
Padilla has admitted to Salvadoran newspaper La Prensa that he made the provide, however insisted it was as a result of the followers had already suffered a lot and deserved to see their workforce do higher. His provide of a “premium” would possibly see them attempt more durable and obtain higher outcomes, he figured.
Padilla mentioned he didn’t care that some would possibly assume he was actually simply making an attempt to repair the match, even given the current historical past of the El Salvador nationwide workforce: 14 gamers had been banned for all times in 2013 over match fixing.
British journalist Declan Hill has written extensively about match-fixing in soccer; he commented on Twitter that what he heard on the recording of the method performed by the gamers throughout their press convention was a “lesson in the best way to match repair.”
Full press convention in Spanish beneath: