Footballers Get the Boot for Allegedly Fixing Game
FC Tallinn Kalev has kicked out two defenders for allegedly manipulating a scheduled football match last Saturday. More players are suspected of wrongdoing and officials will decide tomorrow whether to drop the team from Estonia's premier league.
The expelled players - defenders Elvis Liivamäe, 21, and Sander Karu, 20 - stand accused of offering their team members money in exchange for losing the Levadia-Kalev game, which, to the dismay of fans, was cancelled 30 minutes ahead of kick-off when the Football Association received a tip. Liivamäe has denied the allegations, reported sport.err.ee.
"Unfortunately, we have strong testimonies that they participated in manipulation, offering team members money," club chairman Raimo Nõu told Delfi. "We are considering how to continue with the team because a suspicion has emerged that several games have previously been given away, which in turn makes our job of getting sponsors very difficult."
Founded in 1909, the team is currently in ninth place in the league standings.