Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
UEFA is presently conducting an investigation into the involvement of the Albanian club KF Skënderbeu in match-fixing. The investigation is largely based on data gathered via UEFA’s Betting Fraud Detection System (BFDS). KF Skënderbeu were previously banned from participating in UEFA competitions in the 2016/17 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 Skënderbeu 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 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 reiterated 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.”
• This media release was published by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) on 16 February 2018. Click here for the original.
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