09/06/2016 16:55 EDT | Updated 09/07/2017 01:12 EDT

Soccer officials investigate El Salvador match-fixing claim

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Regional soccer officials are investigating claims by Salvadoran national team players that they were offered money to help Honduras advance in World Cup qualifying play.

Honduras leads Canada in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying play and would lose its current second place in Group A only if Canada beat El Salvador by a wide margin.

Salvadoran players said in Vancouver, British Columbia, that a Salvadoran businessman offered them money to help Honduras by winning, tying or losing by a close margin against Canada on Tuesday.

The regional soccer body CONCACAF said in a statement that it "is aware of the claims made by El Salvador's national team in relation to their upcoming qualifying match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup" and is looking into the matter.