Aegaleo suspected of match fixing

Just days after ousting Thessaloniki club PAOK from the upcoming season’s UEFA Cup competition because of poor finances, European soccer’s governing body, UEFA, yesterday lashed out at another Greek team, Aegaleo, by summoning it to report to its tribunal for match-fixing suspicions last summer. Playing against Lithuanian club Zalgiris Vilnius last July in the Intertoto Cup qualifying competition for a UEFA Cup berth, Aegaleo fielded a second-rate team to lose 3-1 in Athens. The Greek soccer federation, EPO, which was informed of the development by UEFA, said the Athens team had until today to respond. Denying the allegations, the Greek club released a statement yesterday noting that, contrary to UEFA Cup and Champions League regulations, Intertoto Cup rules permitted the selection of young amateur players. If found guilty, the team could face relegation.

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