One in five elite Danish sportspeople, coaches and club managers are aware of attempts at match-fixing, according to a new study by Danish sports federation Dansk Idrætsforbund.
“I got a message when I was having dinner at home with my parents,” tennis player Maria Jespersen told DR Nyheder. “I was offered 30,000 kroner to lose a match.”
Jespersen was not sure why she was singled out for the unsavoury offer.
“I was very surprised and asked myself why they contacted me. Am I a weak person?”
Jespersen contacted the heads of the international tournament in which she was scheduled to compete to report the offer she had received.
“I had no doubt about what I should do,” she said. “Sure, it is a lot of money, but I would never accept cash to lose a match. It is very wrong.”
According to Morten Mølholm, the head of Dansk Idrætsforbund, only a few sportspeople actually come forward to report being asked to fix a match, and the lack of reporting is a problem for sport in general.