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Scandal in Bolivia: First Division tournaments canceled due to corruption and match-fixing

Scandal in Bolivia: First Division tournaments canceled due to corruption and match-fixing
September 5, 2023 – 22:19

There are “serious indications that both tournaments have been flawed,” federation president Fernando Costa said.

Fernando Costa announced the creation of a “lightning” championship until December to distribute the prizes for international competitions in 2024, although this contest will require the endorsement of CONMEBOL.

The Bolivian Football Federation made the decision to suspend the two First Division tournaments due to allegations of match-fixing and corruption.

In addition, a “lightning” championship will be held to distribute the prizes for the international competitions of 2024.

After an assembly of the Superior Council of the Professional Division -made up of the 17 teams in the league-, the president of the federation Fernando Costa reported that the suspension of the tournament that was voted at said meeting: “By 14 votes in favor, one abstention and two against, the cancellation of the “All Against All” tournaments and the 2023 Cup tournament has been resolved.”

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In addition, the president mentioned that the drastic decision was made because there are “serious indications that both tournaments have been flawed”. Also, the Superior Council of the Professional Division intimidated the company SportTV Rights, owner of the television rights of the tournament, that in 72 hours “withdraw the licenses it would have granted to betting platforms globally.”

Consequently, the dismissal of the three members of the referee commission was ordered, while the clubs requested that “all the background” of the case be sent to the disciplinary courts so that processes can be activated.

Finally, Fernando Costa announced the creation of a “lightning” championship until December to distribute the prizes for international competitions in 2024, although this event will require the endorsement of CONMEBOL.

Source: Ambito

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