Thursday, May 29, 2014

Nigeria goalkeeper appears to intentionally throw ball into own net (VIDEO)

Nigeria goalkeeper Austin Ejide sure picked a bad time to apparently throw the ball into his own net. The  bizarre own goal was disallowed in Nigeria's 2-2 draw with Scotland but it came on the heels of a Nigerian soccer fixing investigation

The 30-year-old appeared to throw the ball into his net during the friendly after coming to claim a corner and making contact with Blackburn defender Grant Hanley.

The no-look pass to the net got even more publicity after it was confirmed that police were investigating a fixing scandal ahead of kick-off following a match-fixing tip off from the National Crime Agency.

The build-up to Wednesday night's game at Craven Cottage was precluded by talk of a police investigation after possible attempts to rig the game were brought to FIFA's attention.

After the game, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi was quick to deny that his team was, or would ever be, caught up in a match-fixing scandal.

"We did (talk about it) because it’s something ridiculous, something that we don’t know where it’s coming from," he said. "We’re not gamblers, we are football players. I don’t even know where that is coming from, we don’t know what happened, match fixing or no match fixing.

"This is the first time I’ve been a coach or been a player and the first time I’m hearing this, match-fixing. I don’t think it had anything to do with our build-up or the game."

The video evidence might tell another story.

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