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Published On: Thu, May 29th, 2014

Scotland, Nigeria clash: Eagles under media surveillance over match fixing suspicion

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Scotland, Nigeria clashBy Albert Akota

The Super Eagles Goalkeeper Austin Ejide has come under intense scrutiny by global media for his suspicious handling of the ball in an incident during Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Scotland at London’s Craven Cottage.

The goalkeeper looked to grab the ball then throw it into his net under challenge from a Scottish player.

Even though the Scots celebrated, the referee disallowed the goal claiming that Ejide had been impeded. But the video shows that the 30-year-old goalkeeper had clearly collected the ball and then flicked the ball into the net before contact with his opponent.

This incident follows on the heels of news reports before the game that the National Crime Agency was investigating attempts by Asian match fixers to influence the game.

Some Nigeria fans carried placards before the game denouncing the allegations of match fixing.

Nigeria has also been in the spotlight in the last few weeks after a Singaporean man claimed to have been behind the country’s qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Whether this is just a coincidence or not, it has cast some doubt over Nigerian football once again after four clubs were banned for life last year for scoring and conceding more than a hundred goals in two matches.

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