- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 26, 2009

NYON, SWITZERLAND (AP) - UEFA has accused the president of Macedonian football club FK Pobeda and one of its players with fixing a Champions League game.

UEFA said Thursday the pair are accused of “manipulating the outcome … to gain an undue advantage for themselves and a third party.”

The charge relates to a first round qualifying match between Pobeda and Armenian club FC Pyunik on July 13, 2004.

The visiting Armenians won 3-1 after scoring three first-half goals.

The UEFA charge suggests the Macedonian club lost deliberately.



UEFA received reports of irregular betting patterns and took statements from several witnesses.

The teams drew the second leg 1-1, with Pobedo going out 4-2 on aggregate.

UEFA’s disciplinary panel will hear the case on April 17.

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