Soccer: Armenia to look into match-fixing risks in local league

An ad hoc committee to look into risks of match-fixing, illegal wagering and “manipulative” games in Armenia’s soccer league has been established at the suggestion of Armenian Football Federation (FFA) President Ruben Hayrapetyan.

The decision was made at the November 4 meeting of the FFA’s executive committee chaired by Hayrapetyan, the FFA press service reported.

The ad hoc committee, which will also include FFA executive committee members Hrair Tovmasyan and Viktor Dallakyan, will examine all games of the top and second leagues of Armenian championships and will provide its expert conclusion, the report said.

The move comes weeks after a Serbian newspaper alleged four players of Armenia were involved in match-fixing in last month’s Euro-2016 qualifier in Yerevan against Albania. The visitors then scored a victory and qualified for the first time in their history to the European championships finals. But no evidence of any scheme subsequently emerged and no official reference was made to the case at European soccer’s governing body, UEFA.