Albania club says UEFA 10-year ban on fixing is "prejudiced"

The Associated Press

TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albania's Skenderbeu club has considered as ''prejudiced, unilateral and predetermined'' UEFA's 10-year ban, saying it will appeal the sanction at Switzerland's Federal Court.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday dismissed Skenderbeu's appeal against a 10-year exclusion from European competitions and a fine of 1 million euros ($1.13 million) issued by UEFA a year ago.

In a statement on its Facebook page on Saturday, Skenderbeu said the sanctions were based on ''alleged public perception'' from UEFA inspectors who used ''unscrupulous methods'' in a process ''with not based scientific proof'' and ''no pure sport analysis.''

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Using evidence of betting patterns, UEFA investigators found suspected fixing of two Champions League qualifying games and two Europa League group-stage games in 2015. UEFA also suspected Skenderbeu of helping to fix around 50 domestic matches since 2011.

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