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Football: Bulgaria begins investigation of match-fixing in its domestic league

Published on Feb 17, 2014 6:00 PM

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgarian police have begun an investigation into claims that fixers attempted to rig the result of a domestic league match this season, the country's football union (BFU) said on Monday.

"A regional police department outside capital Sofia informed us that they initiated an investigation over possible match-fixing and it's the first time they're doing something like this in Bulgaria," BFU's press officer Pavel Kolev said. "Finally, something can happen... It's about this season's match between teams of the bottom half of the table."

Media reports of match-fixing and corruption have been rife in the Balkan country for years. The BFU have forwarded claims of match-fixing to the prosecutors on several occasions but no one has been brought to trial and the European Commission has criticised the authorities for doing little to fight the problem.

"I can tell you that we also got information about this match from UEFA over the early-warning system," Kolev said.

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