OK. So if the AFL says the Melbourne Demons didn’t tank, then I guess they didn’t tank. Phew. That’s a relief.
It’s great news that Melbourne didn’t deliberately lose games in 2009 to secure top draft picks for the following season. That’d be really serious and people would have to be punished.
Never mind that the AFL did punish people yesterday. The Melbourne footy club was fined half a million bucks, while its former coach Dean Bailey and football manager Chris Connolly were both suspended.
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Most athletes who cheat at the Olympics at least have the good sense to do so in pursuit of victory. The smart ones also make a concerted effort to hide any wrongdoing.
Well, somebody needs to send the badminton community a few copies of “Cheating for Dummies”. Four doubles teams have been sensationally thrown out of the Games after blatantly trying to lose their matches last night, in an apparent effort to manipulate the quarter-final draw.
Employing a level of dry understatement that would make even the London locals proud, the Badminton World Federation charged all eight players involved with “not using one’s best efforts to win a match”.
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