Another match-fixing case being investigated

Two questionable games from 2013 being looked into

The national sports association Dansk Idrætsforbund (DIF) is looking into yet another possible match-fixing case in Danish football's third tier.

According to Politiken newspaper, the betting patterns in two games that included the third tier club Varde are suspicious because bets in the range of 55,000 kroner were placed on the matches in a very small geographic area.

The two games in question took place in the summer of 2013. On June 8, Varde needed to win at home over Ringkøbing in order to stay up, but lost 1-4, while they lost 0-6 away at Middelfart six days later. They ended up finishing last in the division and were relegated.

According to Politiken, two Varde players and a person not connected to football placed a large five-figure bet on the two Varde defeats. The three in question have all rejected the claims.

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Criminalise it
Last week, the culture minister Marianne Jelved revealed that she intended to criminalise match-fixing, a move that DIF praised.

”We are pleased that the government takes the match-fixing problem seriously,” Niels Nygaard, the head of DIF, said in a press release.

Last year, six people were charged with their involvement in match-fixing two second-tier matches some four years ago involving Hvidovre IF football club and their games against Vejle Boldklub and FC Hjørring.