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Swedish football league cancels game over match fixing fears

18 May 2017, 14:50 IST

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A top-flight soccer game in Sweden has been postponed after a player was offered a large sum of money to help fix the result of the match, Sweden's Football Association said on Thursday.

The game between IFK Gothenburg and AIK, two of Sweden's biggest clubs, was set to be played later on Thursday. A player in AIK was approached by a matchfixer on Tuesday but instead contacted the association who alerted police.

"The AIK player was called to a meeting where he was offered a significant amount of money if he actively worked to make sure the team lost the match," the Swedish Football Association said in a press release.

"This is a very serious attack against Swedish football and something that we will never, ever accept."

(Reporting by Johan Sennero Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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