Norwegian Police Investigate Football Fixing Scandal
Norwegian police Monday opened "an investigation into allegations of match-fixing" following a complaint from the Norwegian Football Federation, according to REUTERS. The NFF "called off" Sunday's second division game between Ullensaker/Kisa and Ham Kam shorty before kickoff as football authorities "suspected efforts had been made to fix the result." NFF President Yngve Hallen said that he believed, "international criminal networks were behind efforts to fix the results of matches in Norway's lower leagues" (REUTERS, 7/9). The DPA cited Norwegian media reports saying that there is "a concrete suspicion" against a betting ring from the former Yugoslavia, which operates from Sweden (DPA, 7/9).