Gothenburg vs. AIK: Swedish football hit by match-fixing claim

The home ground of AIK is the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

Story highlights

  • Gothenburg vs. AIK postponed
  • Postponed due to match-fixing claim
  • Police investigating

(CNN)It's been one of the scourges of modern sport in recent years and now the possibility of a match being fixed has prompted the postponement of a leading European soccer match.

Thursday's match between Gothenburg and AIK was postponed after a player from the Stockholm club was reportedly "offered a considerable sum" earlier in the week if he "actively contributed" to his team losing the game, according to the Swedish Football Association.
"This is a very serious attack on Swedish football and we will never, never accept," said SFA general secretary Håkan Sjöstrand.
    The match in Sweden's Allsvenskan league was set to take place at Gothenburg's Gamla Ullevi stadium, but all the relevant parties have agreed to the postponement as police start an investigation.
    "It is ultimately not about a single match, therefore it is important we act forcefully," added Sjostrand.
    "The starting point for all of our games is that they are safe and settled on sporting grounds. Based on the information we have, we cannot guarantee that."
    AIK are sixth in the Allsvenskan, five places above Gothenburg.