Ulpiana and Vllaznia are excluded, the police are also investigating

KF Ulpiana

Ulpiana 1926 of Lipjan and Vllaznia of Pozherani have been excluded from the competitions of the First League of Kosovo in football. This decision was taken on Friday by the Disciplinary and Ethics Commission of the Football Federation of Kosovo.

Ulpiana and Vllaznia have been expelled for fixing the match between them. And the next edition of the competition will play in the Second League, namely in the third level of Kosovar football competitions.

Ulpiana and Vllaznia faced each other on April 7 at the "Sami Kelmendi" stadium in Lipjan. The visiting team won 4:3. The bodies of the FFK, first the competition commission and then the disciplinary one, have concluded that "in the second half of the match, the home team showed a clear lack of engagement in the game, deliberately allowing many spaces for the opponents and making the work easier for the team guest This situation was also reflected in the scoring of the goals, making it possible to turn the result from 3:1 to 3:4".

According to the decision, Ulpiana had opportunities to equalize, but deliberately did not do so.

"Also, the players' communications with telephone messages related to the development and result of the match, as well as the data from other confidential reports, present sufficient evidence for decision-making in the case initiated by the Competition Commission", the Disciplinary's decision reads further.

Excluded clubs have eight days to file an appeal.

Both clubs have denied collusion.

In addition to the bodies of the Football Federation of Kosovo, the Kosovo Police will also be involved in organizing the Ulpiana - Vllaznia match. This was announced on Friday.

"We inform you that the Basic Prosecutor's Office in Pristina has authorized the police to undertake investigative actions, with the aim of gathering evidence and information related to this issue," Laureta Ulaj, spokesperson for the Prosecutor's Office, told KOHËN.

Frauds in Kosovar football, about which suspicions increase in the final part of the championship, have been investigated before. But in two cases there were concrete actions. In one of the bodies of the FFK and another from the prosecution. This is the third case.

The Football Association has been repeatedly attacked for not acting strongly enough after suspicions of collusion.

On Friday, the Executive Committee of FFK also discussed the Ulpiana - Vllaznia match. The highest executive body has promised zero tolerance to fraud and other negative phenomena. The Executive Committee is led by the chairman of FFK, Agim Ademi.

"Regarding the match of the Raiffeisen First League, Ulpiana 1926 - Vllaznia, the Executive Committee clarifies the opinion that the relevant commissions and bodies will decide in accordance with the facts and regulations of the FFK and the applicable law", says the announcement of the FFK.

The Federation has given full support to its commissions.

"The Executive Committee of the FFK promises that it will always be in defense of the interest of football, which is what it is called for. When we say the interest of football, in any case, the interest of the clubs, but only when everything goes in order and conforms to the rules of the game, otherwise there will be zero tolerance for any negative action or phenomenon", the announcement continues.

Ulpiana of Lipjan and Vllaznia of Pozherani have denied conspiracy. They hinted that they suspect that the decision was taken to serve a third club, namely Flamurtar of Pristina.