Xhaka under investigation over suspicious bets linked to the Albanian mafia

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is suspected of betting on his side’s game against Leeds last season. Investigators are looking into a network involving the Albanian mafia.

This is not likely to raise his rating with Arsenal supporters. According to the Daily Mail , Gunners midfielder Granit Xhaka (29) is suspected of having bet on a match for his team against Leeds (4-1) last season, in which he received a warning for loss of time. But it could take a far more sprawling turn. Investigators are indeed looking into an alleged criminal plot involving the Albanian mafia and the former footballer, Alban Jusufi, convicted of match fixing.

The suspicious circumstances in which Xhaka was shown a yellow card are now in the hands of the National Crime Agency (NCA), which leads the UK’s fight against serious and organized crime. The investigation had been triggered by the English Federation after the bets on a yellow card from Xhaka in the last ten minutes of the meeting flew away. Nearly 62,000 euros had been bet in a few minutes on such a scenario.

But this unusual volume would only be the tip of the iceberg. NCA investigators also uncovered evidence of large sums of cryptocurrency in markets that are unregulated in that country, with much of the activity taking place in Albania. The NCA is also investigating allegations that Alban Jusufi, a former Swedish-Albanian striker who was handed a five-year match-fixing ban by Swedish courts in 2017, placed huge sums betting on the Xhaka yellow card.

Jusufi was found guilty of bribing AIK goalkeeper Kyriakos Stamatopoulos into paying him 180,000 euros for underperforming ahead of a derby against IFK Gothenburg in 2017. The Swedish FA had postponed the match after the match-fixing had been reported.

Xhaka (29) is a Swiss international of Albanian descent, as he recalled at the 2018 World Cup when he waved his hand to represent the Albanian symbol of the eagle during Switzerland’s victory over Serbia (2-1). He had been fined by Fifa. The Daily Mail concludes by stating that there is currently “no suggestion of wrongdoing on his part” and that there is no indication that he is involved in a conspiracy.

Source: Dailymail

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