Uzbekistan football hit by match-fixing scandal

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The Uzbek Professional Football League has been hit by allegations of match-fixing following a ‘dubious’ result between Tashkent and Bekobod in game week 23.

Pakhtakor clinched a 3-2 victory, despite trailing with the score 2-0 but the performance of Metallurg players in the final seven minutes of the game,which allowed Pakhtakor to score three comeback goals, was suspected strange by the Expert Council of the Football Federation (UFF).

Following the allegation, the UFF’s Bureau of Executive Committee made an immediate decision to withdraw the coaching license of Metallurg’s tactician Rustam Mirsadikov until the end of this season.

“Rustam Mirsadikov lost his license till the end of current season. The match between Pakhtakor and Metallurg was a shame, and he should be punished,” said the UFF president, Mirabror Usmanov was quoted by UZ Daily.

Usmanov also revealed that UFF will improve the regulations in order to prevent any potential match-fixing issues in the future.

“We introduce changes to rules of the league, so the clubs, coaches and officials could be punished,” he said. “Clubs should be stripped points, titles and relegated to lower divisions for match-fixing.”

“If people (officials of the clubs), connected to match fixing, are not going to resign, they will be banned from football activities.”