Swedish football match cancelled because of match-fixing attempt

Bjorn Wesstrom right sports manager at Swedish soccer club AIK talks to media at a Swedish Football Federation press conference in Stockholm Thursday

A statement from the SvFF said the decision had been taken after it emerged that an AIK player had been offered money to underperform in the fixture, scheduled for Thursday night.

It is not the first time Swedish football has faced match-fixing allegations.

"With veiled threats, the fixer demanded that the player perform badly during the match against IFK Gothenburg", it added.

The Swedish soccer federation says a match between Goteborg and AIK has been suspended after an alleged match-fixing attempt.

Swedish soccer federation general secretary Hakan Sjostrand said it was "a very serious attack against Swedish football and we will never, never accept it".

Goteborg chairman Frank Andersson said he was informed that "that one or several players had been approached and offered money to help lose the match". Stockholmbased AIK refused to comment on the issue during a press conference.

Sjostrand further explained: "Late yesterday evening I was contacted by AIK's chief executive (Mikael Ahlerup), who asked me to immediately go to Karlberg (the club's training complex)".

He said he had thought the problem was limited to Sweden's lower leagues, where there have been convictions related to match fixing or attempts to fix matches in the past.

"It was collectively agreed to postpone this evening's match and the police have begun an investigation".

"Based on the information we've received, we can not guarantee that the IFK Gothenburg and AIK game is a safe match". "And we have to ensure the match is decided on the pitch".

Wesstrom also confirmed AIK players had for now been told not to speak to the media.

It is up to the two clubs in accordance with Svensk Elitfotboll to agree when the match should be played instead.

AIK are sixth in the Allsvenskan, five places above Gothenburg.

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