Racial Abuse in Peru
The governing body for football in South America is looking into reported racial abuse directed toward Brazilian footballer Tinga during a match in Peru.
Conmebol is investigating a Copa Libertadores match last week where the 36-year old former Brazilian national team member was the target of monkey chants.
“Given this alleged offense, the disciplinary unit has decided to launch a preliminary investigation that could lead to the opening of disciplinary proceedings against the Peruvian club,” said Conmebol in a statement on its website.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has voiced support for Tinga, while Peruvian President Ollanta Humala expressed his concern on Twitter.
“A country that is as diverse as ours and which bolsters its identity with all its cultures should not accept racist reactions of any kind,” said Humala.
Bulgarian Authorities Launch Probe
Reports of matchfixing in Bulgaria’s top league have led authorities to look into two teams, Botev Plovdiv and Pirin Gotse Delchev.
Pirin have been accused of possible match-fixing, with a 7-1 loss to Botev being the match in question.
“A regional police department outside capital Sofia informed us that they initiated an investigation over possible matchfixing, and it’s the first time they’re doing something like this in Bulgaria,” Pavel Kolev, the press officer for the Bulgarian Football Union, told Reuters.
Pirin were almost thrown out of Bulgaria’s top division last year for “failure to respect the principles of fair play.” Currently, Pirin is last in the top division with only 2 wins in 23 matches.
“I can tell you that we also got information about this match from UEFA over the early-warning system,” Kolev added.
Reports of matchfixing are not new to Bulgaria, and the European Commission has criticized the eastern European country for doing little to fight the problem.
A conviction of matchfixing currently holds a six-year prison sentence in Bulgaria.