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USA boss Klinsmann, star Donovan respond to Belize bribe efforts

Belize's CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign kicked off with a heavy 6-1 defeat at the hands of the USA last Tuesday.

Reports then emerged that the Belizean players were asked to throw the match but Ian Mork's side denied the bribers their match-fixing offer.

In the wake of the game, both Juergen Klinsmann and Landon Donovan praised the Jaguars for the way they went about bringing the situation to light and turning down the chance to make a quick buck.

"We were informed and to speak for me, I think it's wonderful to see how these players reacted right away and reported to CONCACAF the right thing immediately, so a big compliment to these two guys, and obviously there is no space for that stuff in the game," said Klinsmann.

Donovan added: "We don't know what actually happened, but it's hard for them. [The attitude of the Belize players was] incredible because no one know what they have in their lives and it's possible that they really needed the money that was offered, but for me, I have a lot of respect for them and hope that nothing like this happens again."

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Andrew Slevison
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