German football in match-fixing scandal after two teams play out 1-1 draw then PARTY together

GERMAN football has been rocked by a new match-rigging row – with two teams playing out a draw that suited them both.

German fourth-tier clubs FSV Frankfurt and SV Elversberg revived memories of West Germany's collusion with Austria at the 1982 World Cup by playing out the last 12 minutes of their game to a 1-1 draw.

The West Germans infamously collaborated with the Austrians on a 1-0 win in Spain that sent both teams through to the World Cup second round at Algeria's expense.

The game, dubbed the Disgrace of Gijon, led to FIFA making all future final games in each group kick off at the same time.

On this occasion forty years later, a draw was enough for both sides.

And so Elversberg players passed the ball among themselves in their own half, to applause from both sets of fans.

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The result left the visitors effectively promoted and Frankfurt virtually safe from relegation with one match left to play.

Promotion rivals Ulm and drop-bound Grossaspach were left furious.

But Frankfurt boss Tim Gorner insisted: "A draw suited us just fine. In that case why should we go on the attack?"

And Elversberg coach Horst Steffen added: "It became clear that we'd be as good as promoted with a draw. It was perfectly legitimate."

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To rub further salt into their rivals' wounds, the two sides partied together afterwards – with Frankfurt officials fetching six extra crates of lager after the booze ran out.

But, in the words of top-selling daily Bild, "they celebrated a black day for football."

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