October 22, 2009

UEFA concerned about match-fixing in Russian football

UEFA is worried about match-fixing in the top two tiers of Russian football, local media revealed Wednesday. In a confidential letter sent to the Russian football federation (RFS), European football's ruling body expressed "serious concern" at the results of at least six first and second division matches, the Vremya Novostei newspaper reported.

"We have reason to be suspicious of these matches because of their possible links to illegal betting," the letter reportedly stated.

The games took place between June 13 and August 17 of this year. So far there has been no reaction from the RFS or the clubs but if the fears are substantiated it could have serious repercussions for Russia's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

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