Players of Top Football Teams Banned for Match-Fixing
Two players from teams challenging for the Estonian football title have been handed bans lasting until the end of the year for allegedly taking part of fixing games.
The disciplinary commission of the Estonian Football Association has handed bans lasting until December 31 this year to Aleksei Jahhimovitš (Tallinna Levadia) and Maksim Paponov (Sillamäe Kalev), but the bans will be reviewed once the inquiry has been completed, the association said on Thursday.
A third footballer, Jaroslav Dmitriev (Tallinna Puuma, second division), received a life-long ban.
Aivar Pohlak, the head of the association, said they began an investigation after receiving information from another match-fixing case which is currently in court and involves a number of former Narva Trans players.
Both Jahhimovitš and Paponov have played 10 games for their respective clubs this season, which began two months ago. It is currently unclear which games were affected.
A case involving eight ex-Narva Trans professional footballers is currently in court. According to the charge, the men fixed Estonian top-division and Europa League games. The accused includes Maxim Gruznov, who holds the league's all-time top scorer title with over 300 goals.