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UEFA has announced its disciplinary inspectors have received death threats as they investigate allegations of match-fixing involving Albanian club KF Skenderbeu.

Skenderbeu, who played in the Europa League group stage this season, were banned from the same competition last term due to their involvement in matches being fixed.

UEFA said its betting fraud detection system has now detected a possible “far greater pattern of involvement” by Skenderbeu in fixing, and that as a result it will push for a further ban.

European football’s governing body said on Friday: “Today, UEFA disciplinary inspectors working on this case have received anonymous death threats, presumably intended to intimidate them and stop them from carrying out their work. These threats will not succeed and the police have also been informed.”

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin added: “We will never allow UEFA staff working on these matters, or any other matters, to be subject to threats or intimidation from any third parties. They have the full backing of the organisation, including 100 per cent personal support from me.”

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