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Captain of the Latvian accused the RFU

August 23 2005

Captain of the Latvian Football Vitaly Astafjev said before the match with a team in Russia, which took place in the qualifying tournament for the 2006 World Cup football on August 17 in Riga, with the Russians was an attempt to bribe the Latvian players.

"It was a bribe from the Russian side, they offered money for something that we lost this game - said Astafyev. - The only thing I can say that the money offered, as the leadership of the Latvian Football Federation and the individual players, which was associated Representatives of the Russian side. "

Captain Letts noted that the proposed amount was "impressive." However, judging by the result of the match (1:1), the valiant players are not attracted by the generous promises of the RFU.

However, the president of the Russian Football Union Vitaly Mutko called it post complete nonsense: "Legal Service of the Russian Football Union in the near future, carefully consider slanderous statement of the Latvian football player in the local newspaper and will prepare the appeal to the disciplinary bodies FIFA and UEFA," said Soviet Sport .

Echoes and the Secretary General of the Latvian Football Federation Janis Mezhetskis categorically stated that with any such proposals, he did not encounter: "It was not! And gossip of this kind appear every time you play the former Soviet Union," said NEWSru.

"This is a libel on the Russian side. I think that Astafyev rather intriguing. And if an honest man, then it should tell you that I was approached by Ivanov and Sidorov, and suggested that so-and-so" - said the assistant Russian head coach Boris Ignatiev. In the words of Ignatieff, he can not even imagine that someone from the Russian delegation could go for it.

The legendary footballer, vice president of the Russian Football Union, Nikita Simonian called the statement Astafieva at least strange. "I have not heard anything about it, and exclude the possibility that someone from the RFU could do it. But if someone suddenly from Russian businessmen suddenly decided to secretly give us such a disservice, then Astafjev should tell everything specifically, and his statement to say the least, look strange, "- said Simonian Interfax.

Note that the ill-fated match between Latvia and Russia ended in a draw - 1:1, with a goal scored by the author of this okolofutbolnogo scandal.

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