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The football focus is switched this weekend to another set of World Cup qualifiers, including Holland v Scotland and Portugal v Sweden.

UEFA have charged FYR Macedonian club FK Pobeda for “manipulating the outcome of a UEFA match to gain undue advantage for themselves and a third party”.

The charge relates to a 2004 Champions League first qualifying round match against FC Pyunik in Skopje, which the Armenian side won 3-1.

The charge also implicates the president of FK Pobeda, as well as a player, with UEFA’s Control & Disciplinary Body set to hear the case on April 17.

UEFA revealed in a statement they had brought the charge based on reports of irregular betting patterns and submissions from witnesses.

The statement read: “UEFA has announced today that the Macedonian club FK Pobeda, its president and one player have been charged for being in breach of the principles of integrity and sportsmanship by manipulating the outcome of a UEFA match to gain an undue advantage for themselves and a third party.

“The match under investigation was the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round first leg between FK Pobeda and FC Pyunik on 13 July 2004.

“The charge is based on reports received from the betting industry on irregular betting patterns and the declarations of several witnesses.

“The control & disciplinary body will deal with the case on 17 April.”

The football focus is switched this weekend to another set of World Cup qualifiers, including Holland v Scotland and Portugal v Sweden.

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