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Friday, March 4, 2011

FIFA remove fixed matches

FIFA have removed from their list of "A" matches the two friendlies played in Antalya, Turkey on February 9th: Latvia - Bolivia 2 - 1 (1 - 0) and Estonia - Bulgaria 2 - 2 (1 - 1).

All 7 goals were scored from the penalty spot.

The FIFA ranking of these four teams will be affected as follows:

Team - Ranking with the Antalya friendlies included - Ranking without the Antalya friendlies

Bulgaria 49 47
Latvia 73 75
Estonia 83 82
Bolivia 97 97

This is the second time (as far as I know) FIFA take such action because of match fixing. In November 2010, two friendlies played by Zimbabwe in Asia in December 2009 and January 2010 against Thailand and Syria were removed from FIFA's list of "A" matches.

FIFA have also enforced stricter rules for friendly matches.

1 comment:

  1. It is incredible that FIFA doesn't somehow punish this 4 countries, and especially Bulgaria who now, as I have heard, already have fixed two matches! Bulgaria even step up two places, even they fixed their match. Good job, FIFA, that's a good reward for a national team that cheats! Unbelievable...