Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The Serbian football association (FSS) has opened an official inquiry into allegations that a 19 July first division match between city rivals OFK Beograd and Red Star Belgrade was fixed. ‘On the basis of information collected in the first half of the Super League first round match between OFK Beograd and Red Star, which was played on 19 July at FK Obilic [another Belgrade club], several people appeared to have applied pressure on the players and coaching staff of OFK Beograd’, read a 23 July FSS statement. ‘In accordance with Article 26 of the Ordinance on the Prevention of Match-Fixing, an FSS Integrity Offer opened an official investigation on 22 July 2015’.
The FSS said that it had conducted talks with those involved in the match, and it would announce the results of its investigation at a later date. Red Star won the game 6-2 after trailing 2-0 at half time on the opening day of the Serbian Super Liga season, and local media reported that people had entered the OFK dressing room at half time and told players to ‘take their foot off the gas’. After half time, Red Star scored four goals in ten minutes. On 24 July 2015, neither club had released a statement.