Wednesday, October 18, 2017

UEFA on corruption watch in Latvia, Platini says

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 3 Sep 2010

13 Views

UEFA chief Michel Platini on Friday said European football’s governing body has the Latvian game under the corruption microscope, in the wake of a match-fixing scandal which saw a club axed from the top flight.

“UEFA decided two years ago to invest in a system to prevent this big flaw that is match-fixing corruption,” Platini said in response to reporters’ questions in the Latvian capital Riga, where he was attending the Baltic state’s Euro 2012 Group F qualifier against Croatia.

“With the early-warning system, with police help which we receive from many countries, we have information about what is happening in football, and that is passed to national associations,” the UEFA chief said.

“We take this problem very seriously. I asked the prime minister and the national association to help fight against the corruption of match-fixing. We are not the police, but it is our job to protect the game,” he added.

In October 2009, the Latvian Football Federation kicked southern club Dinaburg out of the 10-team, top-tier Virsliga for repeated match-fixing.

The disgraced club’s player-manager and president received life bans from any involvement in Latvian football.

The expulsion capped long-running suspicions of match-fixing which had swirled around Dinaburg, in the spotlight since 2005, who had been warned by the Latvian federation to clean up their act.

In 2007 they were kicked out of the Baltic League, which pits top clubs from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, amid accusations of throwing a match.

Latvian federation head Guntis Indriksons on Friday told reporters match-fixing would not be tolerated.

“If we have information from UEFA or FIFA, if we have information from players, or coaches or law enforcement authorities, or if journalists write about it, our decision will be the same as before,” he said.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SoccerNews

Soccernews.com is news blog for soccer with comprehensive coverage of all the major leagues in Europe, as well as MLS in the United States. In addition we offer breaking news for transfers and transfer rumors, ticket sales, betting tips and offers, match previews, and in-depth editorials.

You can follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/soccernews.com or Twitter: @soccernewsfeed.

SHARE OR COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE

WE RECOMMEND

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
avatar
 
smilegrinwinkmrgreenneutraltwistedarrowshockunamusedcooleviloopsrazzrollcryeeklolmadsadexclamationquestionideahmmbegwhewchucklesillyenvyshutmouth
wpDiscuz
Live Scores

advertisement

Betting Guide Advertisement

advertisement

  • Football_888sport betting
Become a Writer
More More
Top