9 De Julio De Rafaela - 2007 Match Agreement Scandal

2007 Match Agreement Scandal

At the end of the Clausura 2007 tournament, 9 de Julio was kicked out from the quarter finals of the promotion playoff and replaced by Juventud Antoniana. This came about because 9 de Julio was found guilty of having agreed to play a 1-1 tie with Central Norte, the other team from Salta, Argentina; this result was what both teams needed in order to qualify for the end of season playoffs. 9 de Julio was losing 0-1 and were awarded a penalty kick by the referee Juan Dardanelli in extra time.

The evidence against the clubs took the form of a video showing the agreement, which was broadcasted on Argentine Sports channel TyC Sports. Germán Solterman, the coach, said in a radio interview that "I always knew they were recording me but he did not care about it". Other important testimony was given by the reporter Rolando Díaz of the Nuevo Diario of Salta. He stated in an interview that he had heard the referee saying to Soltermann: "I'm about to award a penalty kick for your team...".

As a result of the punishment received, 9 de Julio started the 2008 Apertura tournament with a deduction of six points and its manager, Germán Soltermann was banned from football activities for five years. The same punishment was also given to Central Norte coach, Víctor Riggio. The referee of the match, Dardanelli, was also banned.

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