UEFA to hold talks with federations on match-fixing probe

Hamburg, Nov 23 (DPA) European football union UEFA is to hold talks this week with nine national federations affected by a match-fixing investigation.

The federations have been called to UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland for the talks on Wednesday.

Some 200 matches are being investigated by German prosecutors in a match-fixing probe covering nine European leagues.

Fifteen people have been arrested in Germany and two in Switzerland as part of a probe involving police from several European countries which began at the beginning of the year.

The federations affected are Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Turkey, Switzerland and Belgium.

In Switzerland, second-division FC Gossau have suspended midfielder Mario Bigoni for alleged involvement in the scandal, its president, Roland Gnaegi, told Blick newspaper.

Second-division FC Thun had Sunday suspended forward Omar Faye after he was questioned by police in the affair.

Italian police on Monday arrested nine people including the president of Italian third-division football club Potenza SC in a separate match-fixing investigation.