Another recognition for Macedonian football. Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks mentions Macedonia – Canada match as a suspicious one.
In January’s ‘cablegate’ under a document named ’10Sofia32′ Bulgarian football is widely discussed. Corruption seems to hit Bulgarian football and U.S. Embassy contacted Sofia in order to approve and support their latest fights against corruption in their domestic football.
And, this probably shouldn’t mean to us much, but considering that in a letter from U.S. Embassy to Sofia the friendly match between Macedonia and Canada played in Strumica which ended 3:0 for Macedonia was mentioned, we felt the need to publish this article. Under the subject ‘Red card for corruption’ part 6 of the document features:
‘The Union of European Football Association (UEFA), the governing body of European soccer,also is investigating Bulgarian referee Anton Genov for his alleged involvement in fixing an international match. According to the UEFA, there were obvious irregular betting patterns prior to the international friendly match on November 14, 2009 in which Genov awarded four penalty shots during Macedonia’s 3:0 victory over Canada.‘
Referee Genov at first was suspended but was afterwards cleared although UEFA still monitors his work. Right after the match ended, speculations rose that match was not clear and although on one side Macedonia might not have anything with alleged deal, on the other side our football does not need any more ‘recognitions’ and most definitely does not need mentioning on WikiLeaks, even though the priority of the letter is discussing corruption in Bulgarian football.