Top Swedish football fixture postponed due to match-fixing attempt

Bjorn Wesstrom right sports manager at Swedish soccer club AIK talks to media at a Swedish Football Federation press conference in Stockholm Thursday

Top Swedish football fixture postponed due to match-fixing attempt

IFK Gothenburg's sports chief Mats Green identified the player as AIK's Greek-Canadian goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos, Green told the daily Goteborgs-Posten. We don't want you in Swedish football.

"With veiled threats the fixer demanded that the player perform badly during the match against IFK Gothenburg", the federation said in a statement.

A statement posted on the official website of the Swedish football association (SvFF) on Thursday said that it had made a decision to cancel the match scheduled for the same evening between IFK Goteborg and AIK after an unnamed AIK player said someone had tried to convince him to help throw the match.

"This is a very serious attack on Swedish football and we will never, never accept", said SFA general secretary Håkan Sjöstrand.

But the Swedish Football Association called a stop to it after one AIK player revealed he had been "offered a considerable sum" on Tuesday by a match-fixer to throw the game.

But later, at a press conference, Green said he had spoken too hastily and that "several players" from AIK had been targeted, without specifying whether Stamatopoulos was one of them.

Sjostrand said he was informed of the attempt late Wednesday, adding he regretted to postpone the game which he described as "one of the season's finest moments". Based on that information we cannot guarantee that tonight's match is a secure match.

Police in Sweden have started an investigation into the allegation.

AIK sporting manager Bjorn Wesstrom is confident the club can cope with the extra attention they will now receive. "But we can say that our players are extremely determined and have an enormous amount of courage".

The Allsvenskan fixture between two of the league's best teams was due to be played at 6pm today.

AIK, a team based in Stockholm, is in sixth place in the league with 14 points while Goteborg is in 11th with 10 points.

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