Belize national soccer players offered bribe to throw Gold Cup game

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The organization that governs international soccer in North and South America is looking into allegations that a man tried to bribe members of the Belize national soccer team to through a tournament match against the United States.

Officials with CONCACAF are looking into reports from a Belize television station that a man offered tens of thousands of dollars to two members of the team before a Gold Cup match against the Americans.

The United States beat Belize 6-1 in that match, which was played in Portland, this past Tuesday.

According to the report from 7 News Brazil, a man who was known to a trio of members of Belize's team approached them during their stay in Portland. Two of them, Ian Gaynair and Woodrow West, say that the man offered them "life-changing money" in exchange for throwing Tuesday's game.

"He started talking that we don't really stand a chance to beat the U.S so he wanted us to promise him that we would lose the game and that he would give us a large amount of money to change our lives," Gaynair told 7 News Belize.

Both Gaynair and West said they walked away from the man without taking his offer.

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