Hungary Fixing the Fixers

Budapest cracks down on soccer's spoilsports

The latest joke making the rounds in Budapest carries a bitter truth. "Who will win the soccer championship this season?" Answer: "The team with the fewest players in jail." But to most Hungarians, there is nothing very funny about the soccer bribery scheme that by last week had developed into one of the biggest sports scandals ever to touch the East bloc.

During the past two weeks, 40 players and officials from seven of Hungary's top soccer clubs have been accused or indicted in the scheme, which involved rigging games for bribes of up to $11,000. On one occasion in April...

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