Swedish football match cancelled over match fixing claim
Sweden's football federation has called off a match between two leading clubs from Gothenburg and Stockholm after a player claimed he had been offered a large sum of money to underperform.
The Swedish Football Federation (SvFF) said it was postponing Thursday evening's match between Stockholm's AIK, which plays at Sweden's national stadium in Stockholm, and IFK Göteborg.
"With veiled threats, the fixer demanded that the player underperform in this evening's Allsvenksan match between AIK and Göteborg," the federation said in a press release.
The federation decided to postpone the match after discussions with the two clubs, the police, and the Swedish Elite Football Association, which represents the country's top 32 clubs.
"At its most serious, this is not about a single match. This is a grave attack and an attempted coup against Swedish football," said Håkan Sjöstrand, the SwFF's General Secretary. "This is something we are never going to accept and we will therefore act decisively."
Swedish Radio's football expert, Richard Henriksson, said that the fact that the player had called the alarm was a mark of success.
"In the last three or four years there has been a successful campaign to inform players how they should go forward. We're probably not talking a phone call from 'baby doves' here, so you need to have support, and it might be what made the players dare to call the alarm."
Björn Eriksson from the Swedish Sports Confederation also congratulated the player on coming forward.
"I am happy that the players for AIK have dared to speak and have been supported by the police. It's a sign of what happens when cooperation works. The police have set up a special action group and both players and the association are acting immediately. That's the way we solve the problem quickly together.