Michael Laudrup says he has no problem with clubs offering financial incentives for rivals clubs to win games.
The Swansea manager was asked about the current Italian match-fixing scandals because of his experience of playing in Serie A. But instead of straight-batting the questions, he strangely decided to open a debate on what constitutes match-fixing.
He said: “To say I’m against that [match-fixing] is like saying today it’s Thursday – it’s obvious.
“The worst match fixing I’ve heard was what happened in Italy before I came there in the beginning of the 80s, where somebody bought three or four of the players in a team to lose a game.
“That means that seven or eight players in a team were playing to win, like normal, and three or four of them just to lose.
But he went on to differentiate between Spanish football’s ‘suitcase’ custom of paying a third-party team to win a match. An example of how that might work would have been Manchester United offering a massive payment to QPR for defeating Manchester City on the final day of last season.
Laudrup added: “It’s just a bonus. For me, match-fixing is somebody pays someone to lose a game.
“In Spain where there’s one or two matches left in a season we always talked about the suitcases.
“But the suitcases is to win – I don’t see anything bad about that.
“I think we have to define very well what is match-fixing because there’s different levels, I think.”