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CAS dismissed KS Skenderbeu’s appeal

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed an appeal made by KS Skenderbeu of the Albanian Superliga.

The dismissal comes after the football club disputed accusations of match-fixing, however, UEFA has now been cleared to implement its sanctions on the Albanian outfit. As a result, KS Skenderbeu will be excluded from participating in UEFA club competitions for ten years and will also have to pay €1m fine.

“On the basis of the evidence available, the CAS Panel found to its comfortable satisfaction that KS Skenderbeu was responsible for match-fixing activities and concluded that the sanctions imposed in the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) decision were proportionate and justified. Accordingly, it dismissed the appeal and confirmed the Challenged Decision,” read the statement released by CAS.

The Albanian Football Association has already stripped the club of their 2015/16 league title and deducted 12 points in 2016/17 due to match-fixing at a national level.

Ardjan Takaj, current club president, defended himself and the club after the verdict: “I have never been involved, directly or indirectly, in any activities aiming to manipulate the outcome of the match, neither [have] persons related to me. A 10-year sentence is in practice a capital punishment.”

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