Two Albanian football players jailed in Norway for match fixing

Two Albanian football players jailed in Norway for match fixing

Tirana, April 30, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

Two Albanian footballers who play for Norwegian teams, have been sentenced by a court in Oslo with eight months in prison each under the charge of match fixing.

The decision to sentence the Albanian players Drin Shala and Alban Shipshani has been given by the Federal Court of Oslo.

The two young men were found guilty for fixing matches in the third football league in Norway.

Drin Shala is accused of participating in fixing the 2012 match between Follo and Ostsiden.

Although Drin Shala’s team was leading 3 goals to nil, the match ended 4 goals to 3 in favor of Ostsiden.

Meanwhile, Alban Shipshani, who plays for Asker, is accused of playing a role in fixing the result of the match played for the third Norwegian league between Asker and Frigg, which ended 7 goals to nil in favor of Frigg.

This match too was played in 2012.

Along with the two Albanian players, the court has also handed a six month jail sentence to the other player of Follo, Pape Mendy.

The Federal Court of Oslo came to this decision after examining as evidence the telephone calls made by these football players during that period.

Drin Shala and Alban Shipshani said that they have decided to appeal the court ruling. /ibna/