Bulgarian team ordered to take lie detector tests by own bosses amid match-fixing claims

Bulgarian team ordered to take lie detector tests by own bosses amid match-fixing claims

PUBLISHED:

10:50 GMT, 25 September 2012

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UPDATED:

11:01 GMT, 25 September 2012

Players and coaches at Bulgarian
Premier League side Lokomotiv Plovdiv have been ordered to take lie
detector tests after their surprise 1-0 loss to basement side Botev
Vratsa sparked fresh match-fixing concerns.

Lokomotiv, Bulgarian champions in
2004, suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday to lowly Botev
Vratsa, who had been bottom of the table after a run of five consecutive defeats.

Lokomotiv owner Veselin Mareshki said he had to be sure there were no other factors behind the team's loss.

'Nobody is insured against defeats but this loss is very strange,' he said.

'The fair play principle is the most important thing for me and all players and coaches will take lie detector tests.'

Earlier this month, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) said a prosecutor has opened an investigation into claims of match-fixing in four domestic games this season.

Spartak Pleven's junior team have been expelled from the domestic U-19's championship for match-fixing even before the results of the investigation have been announced.

Most games in the Balkan country's junior championship are included on bookmakers' betting coupons.

There have been claims match-fixing and corruption have been rife in Bulgaria for years, but no one has been brought to trial with the European Commission criticising the authorities for doing little to fight the problem.