UEFA Europa League
Previous
PFC Litex Lovech
FC Veris
5:45 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Aalesund
Molde
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Athlone Town FC
Limerick FC
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Derry City
Bray
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Drogheda Utd
Cork
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
UCD
Sligo
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bohemians
St Patricks
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Shamrock
Dundalk
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
San Jose
DC United
3:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Unión Comercio
Inti Gas Deportes
6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Melgar
León de Huánuco
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Olmedo
Club Deportivo Cuenca
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Liga de Loja
Mushuc Runa
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Houston Dash
Boston Breakers
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Oct, 1, 2008

Authorities to probe Zenit UEFA Cup "fix" claims

MADRID, Oct 1 (Reuters) - A Spanish judge has sent German authorities recordings that allege Russian mafia figures tried to fix last season's UEFA Cup semi-final between Bayern Munich and Zenit St Petersburg, judicial sources said on Wednesday.

Russian champions Zenit crushed Bayern 4-0 at home in the second leg to win 5-1 on aggregate before going on to beat Rangers in the final.

Spanish newspaper El Pais said the Operation Troika investigation against the Russian mafia led by investigating judge Baltasar Garzon had uncovered evidence the second leg might have been fixed.

"The judge has sent to the German attorney general part of the conversations that were intercepted in Spain during the investigation into Russian plots in our country," judicial sources told Reuters.

Bayern Munich said on Wednesday they had no information about the reports.

"Bayern know as little about this as the Munich prosecutor's office," the club said in a statement. "We will try to obtain all the information available."

Zenit St Petersburg angrily denied match-fixing allegations and in statement said: "In a selection of the media, news has popped up which refers to different Spanish sources, and directly affects FC Zenit's reputation.

"The quality of play shown by FC Zenit in the games against Rangers FC and Bayern Munich is the best proof that the victories were earned by Zenit in honest and non-compromising challenges.

"Allegations of deals mentioned in the media are offensive to all parties mentioned.

"At this moment FC Zenit's legal department are evaluating the origins of the story. After this, a decision about legal means to protect the club's reputation and sport as a whole, shall be decided."

Bayern have also denied all knowledge of the allegations.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.