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'Fix' claims over 1978 World Cup

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Football fans all know that the Dutch side of the 1970s was the best team never to have won the football World Cup but that could be about to change.

Testimony at a South American extradition hearing has fuelled claims that Argentina's military rulers fixed their 1978 World Cup win.

The beneficiaries of a corruption ruling would be Holland, who lost 3-1 in the final, and the Dutch media are leading calls for a Fifa inquiry.

The match-fixing allegations focus on the last group match, which the hosts needed to win by four goals to reach the final when they thrashed Peru 6-0.

A month before the World Cup, Argentina's dictator General Videla had spirited away 13 Peruvian dissidents to a military base in Argentina and it is alleged that retribution was sought on the football pitch.

Simon Kuper, author of Football Against the Enemy, has the details.


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