Death threats for Uefa inspectors working on KF Skënderbeu match-fixing case
Uefa, European soccer’s governing body, said today that disciplinary inspectors working on a match-fixing case involving KF Skënderbeu, the Albanian club, “have received anonymous death threats, presumably intended to intimidate them and stop them from carrying out their work.”
Uefa said: “These threats will not succeed and the police have also been informed.”
KF Skënderbeu were previously banned from participating in Uefa competitions in the 2016-17 season over involvement in match-fixing, in a move that was recently upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Uefa said: “Additional information obtained via the Uefa BFDS [Betting Fraud Detection System] 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.”
Aleksander Čeferin, Uefa’s president, said: “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-per-cent personal support from me.”