Argentina lost to Germany in a 1-0 game Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. However, Argentine Football Association Chairman Isidoro Gómez said his team had been promised victory after they paid a hefty bribe to FIFA officials.
“FIFA told us that Germany had paid the top bribe to win the World Cup, so we came back with a more generous offer,” Gómez said. “When (FIFA officials) saw the money, they told me, ‘Sorry, did we say Germany is going to win? We meant Argentina is going to win.’
I thought it would be a repeat of our victory with Diego Maradona over West Germany in 1986, after we loaned downtown Buenos Aires to FIFA executives for a week.”
FIFA is no stranger to allegations of corruption and match fixing. FIFA spokesman Gilles Triquet congratulated Argentina on its “spirited attempt” at winning the game, but admitted that Germany’s football team came up with an unexpectedly more generous bribe at the last minute.
“Just like the actual game of football -- such as Portugal’s surprise tie of the United States or Germany’s crushing defeat of Brazil -- sanctioned football bribery is an unpredictable and thrilling game,” he said. “You never know who’s going to win.
"Well, we at FIFA know who’s going to win, obviously. But the fans don't know, and that’s what’s really important.”
However, Argentine president Christina Fernandez de Kirchner tells The Daily Currant that the integrity of FIFA and world football was at stake in Argentina’s lawsuit.
"What is the world coming to when you can't trust FIFA to honor a bribe," she says.