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Albania football federation has stripped Skenderbeu of 2015-16 title

TIRANA, Albania -- Albania's football federation has stripped Skenderbeu of the club championship won in the 2015-16 season for "influencing results contrary to the sports ethics."

The federation ethical committee also decided on Friday to fine Skenderbeu 2 million leks ($16,660) and deduct 12 points from last season.

The decision did not mention whether the 2016 title automatically goes to second-placed club Partizani.

Last season, UEFA banned Skenderbeu for a year from European competition based...

Skenderbeu 'baffled' by further UEFA inquiry into match-fixing

The president of Albanian club Skenderbeu is "baffled" by the news that UEFA may impose a further ban after already enduring a season-long exclusion from Europe.

Emilio Garcia, the head of UEFA's disciplinary and integrity unit, on Wednesday said at a panel session on match-fixing at the International Sports Convention that "the UEFA disciplinary bodies are considering real disciplinary measures" and that this season's exclusion was a "preliminary ban."

"We have not been notified at all. We believed...

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Partizani replace Skenderbeu in UCL draw after match-fixing ruling upheld

Skenderbeu will be replaced in the Champions League by Partizani Tirana.

UEFA has said Albanian champions Skenderbeu will be replaced in the Champions League by runners-up Partizani Tirana after being found guilty of match-fixing.

The development comes after a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling upheld Skenderbeu's expulsion from the qualifying rounds.

Skenderbeu's name had been kept in the second-round qualifying draw, in which they had been due to play Hungarian club Ferencvaros, until the CAS verdict on Wednesday.

In a statement, UEFA confirmed that Partizani...

Albania's KF Skenderbeu banned from Europe for match-fixing

TIRANA, Albania -- Albanian league champion KF Skenderbeu say the have been banned from UEFA competitions for a year for match-fixing.

In a statement on Monday on their website, the club which won the league title for the sixth straight time this year said UEFA "unfairly suspended the Skenderbeu club for one season [2016-2017] from Europe's cups."

Lokomotiv Moscow apologise for anti-Albanian chants at Europa game

Russian football club Lokomotiv Moscow issued an apology on Friday after their fans chanted discriminatory slogans during a Europa League game.

Some Lokomotiv fans chanted anti-Albanian slogans during the team's 2-0 home win over Albanian club Skenderbeu on Thursday. Anti-Albanian feeling is common among Russian nationalist football fan groups, who are typically strong supporters of Serbia's claim to Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and is largely inhabited by ethnic Albanians.

"The...