OSLO, Norway (AP) – Norwegian news agency NTB says a lower-tier football player has been detained in a match-fixing investigation, sparked by the postponement of a weekend game by the Norwegian Football Association.
NTB cites police as saying the player for third-tier club Follo, who was not named, was suspected of ''benefitting or receiving money for fixing match results.''
Club captain Anders Lubeck said on the team website Thursday that an investigation was necessary, but did not confirm that a player had been detained. Police could not be reached for confirmation.
Earlier this week, the Norwegian association asked police to investigate several suspicious match results and canceled a second-tier game because of fears of match-fixing.
Former Southampton captain Claus Lundekvam told Norwegian broadcaster NRK on Monday that he knew of players in the Norwegian league who had fixed games.