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Was Zidane honest or well-informed? How UEFA barely avoided a serious scandal

Csató, László (2017): Was Zidane honest or well-informed? How UEFA barely avoided a serious scandal.

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Abstract

UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying is known to violate strategy-proofness. It is proved that a team could be better off by exerting a lower effort: it might be optimal to concede some goals in order to achieve a better position among runners-up, and hence avoid a hazardous play-off. We show that it is not only an irrelevant scenario with a marginal probability since France had an incentive to kick two own goals on its last match against Israel.

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