Previous
Malaysia
Thailand
2
0
LIVE 45'
Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 2
Game Details
Manchester City
Crystal Palace
0
0
LIVE 24'
Game Details
Werder Bremen
Borussia Dortmund
2:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Aston Villa
Manchester United
3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Barcelona
Cordoba
3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Paris Saint-Germain
Montpellier
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Nottingham Forest
Leeds United
5:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Madrid
San Lorenzo
7:30 PM GMT
Game Details
AS Roma
AC Milan
7:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Next

Liverpool and Arsenal set for showdown

50-50 Challenge
Read

SK Brann unveil rubbery new kit

The Toe Poke
Read
By ESPN Staff

FIFA seeking out referee

FIFA's security chief has launched a drive to track down the referee of a friendly international that is being investigated for match-fixing claims.

Ibrahim Chaibou, from Niger, has gone to ground since it was revealed that FIFA are looking into suspicious betting patterns surrounding the Argentina v Nigeria friendly on June 1.

FIFA's head of security Chris Eaton said: "We are trying hard to track down the referee and we are confident that we will succeed."

Nigeria won the match in Abuja 4-1 - they were leading 4-0 until Chaibou awarded Argentina, who fielded a second-string side, a penalty for handball in the eighth minute of injury time. Television replays showed the ball had hit a Nigerian player's shin.

The fourth official had indicated five minutes of injury time should be played. While the score was 4-0 to Nigeria, a huge amount of money in the Asian gambling markets was bet on a fifth goal being scored in the match.

Chaibou has been involved in controversial games before. He was in charge of the match last September where Bahrain beat a fake Togo team 3-0, which is also being investigated for possible match-fixing.

In May 2010, Chaibou awarded three penalties for handballs as South Africa beat Guatemala 5-0 in a World Cup warm-up match. Chaibou has been on the FIFA international referees list since 1996 but must stand down this year after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 45.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.