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Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012

UEFA probes Europa League match


NYON, Switzerland — UEFA is investigating evidence that suggests a Europa League match was fixed last month.

UEFA says its betting fraud monitoring system "has detected suspicious betting patterns" in Albanian club Tirana's 5-0 loss against Aalesund of Norway.

European soccer's governing body says it has "mandated a disciplinary inspector to further investigate the matter."

Norway's soccer association has said it was alerted by the national lottery, which stopped taking bets when the score reached 2-0 in the second-leg match of the second qualifying round July 26.

Lottery officials reported unusual betting patterns from undisclosed Asian countries, including wagers that the game would end 5-0.

Aalesund, which scored four times in the second half, advanced 6-1 on aggregate.

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