Bulgarian FA relegates Vereya from top flight over persistent match-fixing alerts

May 8 – Bulgarian top-flight club Vereya have been thrown out of their domestic league after repeated warnings from UEFA over suspected match-fixing.

The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) said it took the decision after receiving new alerts from UEFA’s integrity office in recent months, despite fining Vereya over potential match manipulation in February.

Vereyua finished sixth last season but are currently bottom of the league facing relegation.

“The BFU received signals from UEFA for unregulated financing of Vereya by Chinese citizens associated with international trade unions for manipulation of football matches in Europe and the world, as well as citizens of the former CIS (the Commonwealth of Independent States of 11 ex-Soviet states) investigated for manipulation of football matches,” the BFU said in a statement.

The club’s previous results will be allowed to stand but their remaining games will be recorded as 0-3 losses.

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