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CONCACAF investigation identifies individual who approached Belize on match-fixing

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Belize’s Ian Gaynair (L) vies for the ball with Guatemala’s Minor Lopez during their UNCAF Central American Cup football match, in San Jose, Costa Rica, on January 20, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ Rodrigo ARANGUA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)

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A statement released by CONCACAF sent to the masses by Rob Harris of the Associated Press confirms they have positively identified the unnamed man who approached the Belize players about fixing the game against the United States.

The statement thanks Woodrow West and Ian Gaynair (pictured, left) individually for not only turning down the undoubtedly tempting offer but reporting the incident directly to officials.

It is incredibly commendable that these players - who had to hold fundraisers to simply make the trip - not only turned down the offer for a hefty sum of money to fix a match which was by all means hopeless in the first place, but then turned down a subsequent offer to keep quiet.

(MORE: Match-fixers tried to get to Belize players before game with U.S.)

The statement says that CONCACAF has partnered with INTERPOL since the beginning of the 2013 Gold Cup to prevent match fixing, and the international crime fighting organization no doubt had a part to play in this individual investigation as well.

CONCACAF said they held held three seminars with participating countries specifically outlining the dangers of match-fixing and how to prevent it, and obviously they worked in this situation.

Here’s to hoping the organizations come down hard on the man or group that attempted to damage the sport, and three more cheers for Belize for resisting riches to protect the beautiful game.