Swedish league game canceled because of match-fixing attempt

Frederick Owens
May 19, 2017

Top flight rivals AIK and IFK Gothenburg were due to meet at Gamla Ullevi in Gothenburg on Thursday evening, but the match has been suspended at the last minute after an AIK player raised the alarm about a suspected match-fixer who offered him a large sum of money on Tuesday, SvFF said in a statement.

IFK Gothenburg's sports chief Mats Green initially identified the player as AIK's Greek-Canadian goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos, Green told the daily Goteborgs-Posten.

General secretary Hakan Sjostrand described it as a "very serious attack against Swedish football", adding: "We will never let this happen".

He said he had thought the problem was limited to Sweden's lower leagues, where there have been convictions related to match fixing or attempts to fix matches in the past. We are going to chase you as much as we can. Based on that information we cannot guarantee that tonight's match is a secure match.

"That was our joint assessment - that is the teams involved, the Swedish Football Association, Swedish Elite Football and the police - when we looked at this".

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Swedish police spokesman Fredrik Gardare said authorities were "taking this seriously", but refused to give details about the investigation. Exciting because no-one knows how the match will finish, who will win.

IFK chairman Frank Andersson voiced his support for the decision to postpone the match.

"It's a reality that players are contacted", he said. "But we can say that our players are extremely determined and have an enormous amount of courage".

A new date for the fixture will now be agreed upon between the two clubs and the league.

The two sides have played eight games in the Allsvenskan this season, with AIK sixth in the 16-team table, five places above Gothenburg.

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