- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2009

ZURICH (AP) - FIFA’s betting watchdog has ruled out suspected corruption surrounding a World Cup qualifying match between Moldova and Switzerland last Saturday.

Betting authorities in Russia reported a large number of wagers correctly predicting that Switzerland would win the match 2-0. The second goal was scored in the final minute of injury time.

FIFA said Thursday its expert monitoring service, Early Warning System, investigated betting patterns and found them to be normal.

“Toward the end of the match the odds were very low for an away victory,” FIFA said in a statement. “Previous experience has shown that quite often high amounts are bet on such low odds, in order to maximize returns.”

UEFA has called match-fixing and corrupt betting the biggest dangers facing world soccer.

Last week, UEFA charged the president and a former player of Macedonian club FK Pobeda with fixing a Champions League match in 2004. The case will be heard April 17.

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