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UEFA investigates Albanian club KF Skenderbeu for potential match-fixing

The name KS Skenderbeu is seen during the UEFA Champions League Q2 qualifying round draw at the UEFA headquarters on June 24, 2013 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

NYON, February 16, 2018 - UEFA conducts an investigation into the involvement of the Albanian club in match-fixing.

UEFA is presently conducting an investigation into the involvement of the Albanian club KF Skėnderbeu in match-fixing. The investigation is largely based on data gathered via UEFA’s Betting Fraud Detection System (“BFDS”).

KF Skėnderbeu were previously banned from participating in UEFA competitions in the 2016/2017 season due to involvement in match-fixing. This ban was recently upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”).

Additional information obtained via the UEFA BFDS now suggests a far greater pattern of involvement by KF Skėnderbeu in match-fixing. Consequently, UEFA will now seek a longer ban for this club.

Today, UEFA Disciplinary Inspectors working on this case have received anonymous death threats, presumably intended to intimidate them and stop them from carrying out their work. These threats will not succeed and the police have also been informed.

UEFA remains fully committed to the fight against match fixing and all UEFA staff working on these crucial matters can count on the full support of the organisation.

This message was re-iterated today by UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin, who stated:

“We will never allow UEFA staff working on these matters, or any other matters, to be subject to threats or intimidation from any third parties. They have the full backing of the organisation, including 100% personal support from me.”

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