Eight-year ban for FK Pobeda

 FK Pobeda have been banned for eight years from UEFA club competitions by UEFA control and disciplinary body. Aleksandar Zabrcanec and Nikolce Zdraveski have been banned for life from exercising any football-related duty.

UEFA has taken measures over the suspicous matches between Pobeda and Pyunik from Armenia in UEFA cup played on 13 and 21 July 2004. The charges brought against Pobeda were based on reports received from the betting industry on irregular betting patterns and the declarations of several witnesses. The decision was taken after a seven-hour meeting, during which the representatives of Pobeda were heard, as well as a betting expert. Under the Control and Disciplinary Body's decision, club president Aleksandar Zabrcanec is banned for life from exercising any football-related activity, as is the player Nikolce Zdraveski. Pobeda are suspended for eight years from participating in UEFA club competitions as from the 2009/10 season for breaching the principles of integrity and sportsmanship under Article 5 of the UEFA disciplinary regulations by manipulating the outcome of a match.

Pobeda, Zabrcanec and Zdraveski may lodge an appeal within three days of the receipt of the grounds for the decision.

 Nikolce Zdraveski was then captain of Pobeda and after that became a coach, too. Up until now he was unemployed but said in the media that he is in negotiations for a job with Hungarian and Albanian teams. 

Macedonian football federation is next to take a move a now, but officials from the federation said that they will wait for the official announcement and recomendations from UEFA. 



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