What are the most significant confirmed (i.e. investigated by the governing body and punished) instances of match-rigging in football? When considering significance, please include:

  • Level of the match: a World Cup match would be more significant than some Sunday morning pub football.
  • Degree of match-rigging: arranging for a team to win is more significant than the time of the first throw-in.
  • Effect of the match-rigging: something which enabled the team to win a league is more important than the difference between 12th and 13th place.
  • Amount of match-rigging: more rigged matches is more significant.
  • 6
    The original question here ("Was Barcelona vs Roma rigged") is definitely off-topic here because we are a fact based site, and nobody has any actual facts on the subject. I've tried to rewrite this into a question which might stay open here. It's still a bit list-based and a bit opinion-based, but it's got a better chance. You are welcome to revert the change if you wish, but I'm pretty sure it will then be closed in short order.
    – Philip Kendall
    Apr 23, 2018 at 12:20

3 Answers 3


There are definitely not as many match-fixing scandals in football as conspiracy theorists might have expected. Especially on such a high level, which your original question suggested.

One of the most popular match-fixing scandals that happened recently was Italian Calciopoli scandal, where many Serie A clubs were accused of rigging games by selecting favorable referees, during 2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons. As a result:

  • Juventus was stripped of both 2004–05 and 2005–06 Serie A titles, was downgraded to 2006-07 Serie B while also receiving a handicap of starting with -9 points.
  • Fiorentina was deducted 30 points from their 2005–06 Serie A run, making them finish 9th instead of 4th. Also received a handicap of starting with -15 points in the next season.
  • Milan was deducted 30 points from 2005–06 Serie A, making them finish 3rd instead of 2nd. Received a handicap of -8 points in the next season.
  • Lazio was deducted 30 points from 2005–06 Serie A, making them finish 16th instead of 6th. Received a handicap of -3 points in the next season.
  • Reggina Received a handicap of -11 points in the next season.
  • Siena Received a handicap of -1 point in the next season.

Here you can find a list of some minor match-fixing incidents in football most of which don't really meet the requirements of the edited question.


I think the Hoyzer Scandal is of enough significance.

The former referee Robert Hoyzer manipulated several matches in the German Cup (DFB-Pokal), 2. Bundesliga and Regionalliga. He was sentenced to serve 2 years and 5 months for match fixing in 6 cases.

List of matches he refereed:


    1. August 2004: SC Paderborn 07 – Hamburger SV 4-2 (manipulated)
    1. September 2004: 1. FC Nürnberg – LR Ahlen 2-3 (no proof of manipulation)

2. Bundesliga:

    1. August 2004: Rot-Weiss Essen – Rot-Weiß Erfurt 0-0 (no proof)
    1. September 2004: MSV Duisburg – SpVgg Greuther Fürth 1-0 (protest by Fürth and probably manipulated, but not enough proof)
    1. October 2004: LR Ahlen – Wacker Burghausen 1-0 (manipulated and replayed)
    1. November 2004: SpVgg Unterhaching – 1. FC Saarbrücken 1:3 (manipulation failed)

  • And some Regionalliga matches

The most notable one is the 2006 scandal in the Serie A. Teams involved were Juve, Fiorentina, Milan and Lazio. Out of them, Juve were relegated to Serie B and stripped of their 2005 and 2006 Serie A titles. Many notable footballers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gianluca Zambrotta, Patrick Vieira, Fabio Cannavaro left the club not wanting to play in a lower division. However, Players like Gigi Buffon, Alessandro Del Piero, Chiellini stayed loyal to the Old Lady. Even then Coach Fabio Capello left the Club.

  • 2
    This doesn't seem to add anything to gdrt's answer.
    – Philip Kendall
    Apr 25, 2018 at 17:48

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.