The documentary focuses on a meanwhile legendary friendly game between Bahrain (then under coach Josef Hickersberger from Austria) and Togo in 2010, which, due to the bizarre circumstances under which it took place, brought the perception of corruption in sport to an even broader public.
It was only after the game, which was conspicuous in terms of course and result anyway, that it turned out that the Togolese team was completely “faked”.
How did it happen, that a "fake team" made up of pure amateur players competed in an official FIFA match, and nobody noticed anything? What was the background and what does the film teach us about credibility and integrity in sport?
The participants in the panel discussion that followed the film presentation were:
Jean-François Reymond, Filmmaker Fixing Films, France
Younés El Mechrafi, Executive Committee of the World Lottery Association and of GLMS (Global Lottery Monitoring System), Morocco
Severin Moritzer, Play Fair Code, Austria
Discussions included the opportunities and challenges of the Macolin Convention (Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions), monitoring and prevention, and, last but not least, the effects of the corona pandemic on sport.
The co-panelists agreed with Severin Moritzer:
“Pure knowledge and goodwill are not enough to effectively and lastingly put a stop to the phenomenon of match fixing. Action must be taken! Only active awareness-raising and regular prevention work will lead to success ultimately."
Interested in the film? See the official trailer
The urge for the European Association for the Study of Gambling’s webinar on the subject of match-fixing and integrity arose from the film “Fixed - A Football Comedy” released in 2020.