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Czech team nabbed for match-fixing

Amid all the headlines for Greek and Turkish football, I hadn't seen this one before...

Czech team Olomouc sanctioned for match-fixing

The Czech football association said Thursday it had sanctioned Czech top-flight side Sigma Olomouc with a loss of nine points and a €164,000 for a 2009 match-fixing scandal.

The association's disciplinary committee fined Olomouc for an attempt to bribe Bohemians Prague players with 300,000 koruna ahead of their league game in May 2009 to secure a place in the Europa League.

Sigma's keeper Petr Drobisz, accused of having delivered the money, was handed an 18-month ban and a fine worth 200,000 koruna.



Soft penalty in my opinion - where's the punishment for those in charge of the club who were behind it? Shooting the messenger (or courier in this case) is pathetic.

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Villiers StakesRandwick, G2, 1600m
1615 local time, 0515 GMT

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The most reliable guide to the Gr2 Villiers has always been the Festival Stakes.

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12 [8.0] Keep Cool (54) 80-1

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