FIFA investigating Guatemala match-fixing scandal
The Guatemala football federation said Friday that investigators from FIFA were in the country looking into a match-fixing scandal involving four matches, with three players implicated and suspended from the national team.
Bryan Jimenez, president of the Guatemalan federation, confirmed the three players involved are Gustavo Cabrera, Yoni Flores and Guillermo Ramirez.
They were suspended from the Guatemala national team earlier this week for what coach Ever Hugo Alemeida called acts of "indiscipline."
"Their exit from the team is due to indiscipline, which probably has to do with these rumours," Jimenez said. He said he could not comment further because of FIFA's investigation.
Jimenez said one of the four matches was played just a week ago, a 3-2 victory for Costa Rica over Guatemala in an international friendly. Two of the others were friendlies between Guatemala and South Africa and Guatemala and Venezuela.
The fourth was a game in 2010 in the CONCACAF Champions League, a 6-1 victory for Mexican club Santos Laguna over local club Municipal.
In World Cup qualifying, Guatemala plays at Jamaica on June 8 and then faces the United States on June 12 in Guatemala City.
"This is not going to influence the Jamaica game or the match with the United States," Jimenez said.
The investigation comes as a football match-fixing scandal has also engulfed Italy with 14 people arrested this week, and Zenit St. Petersburg defender Domenico Criscito was dropped from the Italy squad for the European Championship after being questioned by investigators.