Top five match-fixing scandals

In light of the weekend speculation surrounding £261,000 and a certain well-known snooker player, we've compiled our top five match-fixing scandals to have hit the front and back pages. 1. Renault’s Formula 1 team narrowly escaped a two-year ban for their involvement in the Singapore Grand Prix when they asked driver Nelson Piquet Jr to crash to help team-mate Fernando Alonso win.

2. Former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje was served a lifetime ban after admitting to accepting approximately $100,000 in bribes from gamblers since 1996.

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3. Eight members from the Chicago White Sox were banned for life for throwing games in the 1919 World Series. Not all players that were banned played — they blackmailed the ringleader, Arnold "Chick" Gandil.

4. In 2009 a 200-strong criminal gang was exposed as the largest match-fixing ring to hit European football. It is believed they bribed players, coaches, referees and officials to fix games to benefit a betting ring.

5. Spain’s paralympic basketball team that competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics were stripped of their medals when 10 of the 12 competitors were found not to be disabled. Luke Moran