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Federation of International Football Association FIFA accused of match fixing in 2002 World Cup

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  play An Italian paper is claiming that FIFA riged the 2002 World Cup match between South Korea and Italy (Getty Images)
  play A red card given to Totti was very controversial (Getty Images)

A fresh allegation has been brought against FIFA, after an  Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport accused the body of fixing a match during the 2002 World Cup.

According to the newspaper, the current corruption scandal rocking FIFA,  confirms their long-held suspicions that the match between Italy one of the host of the 2002 World Cup, South Korea was fixed.

That game and the Spain vs South Korea quarter-final were marred by some dubious refereeing decisions, which saw the host progress.

The Ecuadorian referee Byron Moreno of the Italy Vs Korea game who sent off Italy's Francesco Totti  is currently serving a prison sentence for drug trafficking and Corriere dello Sport claim that is a testament of FIFA's corruption.

Korea beat Italy 2-1 thanks to a golden goal in extra time from Ahn Jung-hwan and Totti was sent off by Moreno after 104 minutes after receiving  a second yellow for diving.

"They rigged the World Cups!" the headline on the front page of Friday's edition reads.

"Remember the referee Moreno? Suspicions confirmed on the favours to Korea in 2002," the newspaper added.

Sepp Blatter had previously denied the accusation saying at that time, "Italy's elimination is not only down to referees and linesmen who made human not premeditated errors ... Italy made mistakes both in defence and in attack."

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