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SBD Global/January 30, 2014/International Football

Test Games Of 2nd Bundesliga Clubs Against Rubin Kazan Under Match-Fixing Suspicion

The exhibition games of 2nd Bundesliga clubs Dynamo Dresden and SC Paderborn against Russian side Rubin Kazan "have reportedly been fixed," according to the SID. There reportedly have been "high bets and unusual referee appointments." The Russian Premier League side used eight players from its second-division "farm team" Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk during its 3-0 loss to Dresden. Friedhelm Althans, who is the chief investigator of the '09 Bochum betting scandal, said, "I've submitted evidence that hints at possible match-fixing to UEFA." The test match between Paderborn and Kazan "is also under suspicion." Bookmakers "recorded unusually high bets on a goal of Paderborn during the 85th minute of the game." The team scored its 2-1 game winner in the 89th minute via penalty kick. Paderborn GM Michael Born "reportedly has already informed the German Football League (DFL) about the incident." Born: "There have been several strange refereeing decisions during the game. Prior to the penalty kick, two players jumped for a header, yes there was a little contact, but all of a sudden there was a whistle, unbelievable." Born added, "We had an early suspicion, and we now informed the DFL about it. That's all we can do for now." UEFA "has not yet taken any action in the case of the Dresden game." Dresden Sport Dir Steffen Menze explained that "ahead of the game, it was agreed upon that Kazan would play with a B team." However, it "was not agreed upon that it would use a majority of players from its farm team" (SID, 1/29).
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