The Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) in Lausanne rejected the appeal presented by Skënderbeu against the decision issued by UEFA last year concerning the exclusion of the Albanian club from European competitions for ten years (two already discounted) due to match-fixing.
"Based on the available evidence, the TAS found that KS Skënderbeu was responsible for match fixing, concluding that the sanctions imposed by UEFA were proportionate and fair. As a result, the appeal was rejected and the disputed decision confirmed."- reads the TAS press release
The reason for the maxi-disqualification
The Skënderbeu is accused of manipulating more than 50 matches from the 2010 to today "as no one had ever done before" reports UEFA. Among the countless games, the investigators' focus has focused on four main games:
- Crusaders-Skënderbeu 3-2 (21/06/2015)
- Dinamo Zagreb-Skënderbeu 4-1 (25 / 08 / 2015)
- Sporting CP-Skënderbeu 5-1 (22 / 10 / 2015)
- Skënderbeu-Lokomotiv Moscow 0-3 (10 / 12 / 2015)
Among the four, the match against the Northern Irish team Crusaders aroused particular attention and suspicion.
During the return match (in the first leg the Skënderbeu had won the 4-1), in fact, on the result of 2-1 for the Albanian club, the UEFA report claims that 'outrageous bets' were made on the 4.5 over (ie that the game would have ended with five or more total goals).
Eventually the match ended with a victory for the Crusaders' 3-2.
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