CAS hears Macedonian appeal of match-fixing bans
Officials from a Macedonian soccer club have started to appeal claims that they fixed a Champions League match in a betting scam to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
FK Pobeda president Aleksandar Zabrcanec and former team captain Nikolce Zdraveski are challenging UEFA's decision to ban them from soccer for life and kick the club out of European competitions for eight years for helping fix a qualifying match.
CAS opened a two-day hearing Wednesday. A verdict is expected early next year.
UEFA ruled last April that Zabrcanec and Zdraveski ensured Pobeda lost at home to Armenian champion Pyunik in July 2004 to profit from a betting coup.
They deny match-fixing.