Wednesday, January 26

Former Molde player banned for four years for match-fixing in Sweden

The International Football Association (FIFA) does as the Swedish Football Association and excludes Pawel Cibicki (28) from all football for four years.

JUDGMENT IN COURT: Pawel Cibicki (center) was convicted in the Court of Appeal of accepting a bribe.

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FIFA’s decision was announced on Tuesday afternoon. It writes Aftonbladet.

– It is positive, but it is also what we expect in this type of case, says the lawyer for the Swedish Football Association, Christine Stridsberg, to SVT.

Cibicki, who in 2018 played for Molde on loan from Leeds, was last year banned for four years by the Swedish Football Association.

The 28-year-old stayed in December found guilty of match-fixing, after receiving 300,000 Swedish kroner for incurring a yellow card in a match for Elfsborg in 2019. The Swede was acquitted in the district court, but was convicted in the Court of Appeal (Court of Appeal) to accept a bribe and match-fixing .

PLAYED FOR MOLDE: Pawel Cibicki played a total of 18 games and scored three goals for Molde in 2018.

Cibicki has claimed that the 300,000 Swedish kronor he received was a loan. The money was paid out via two other men, who in court were sentenced to conditional imprisonment and fined, shortly after Cibicki received the yellow card.

In its decision, the court emphasized that 27 new gaming accounts were opened from people closely related to two people who paid out the money. From all 27 accounts, money was set for Cibicki to receive a yellow card, the court wrote in a press release according to Aftonbladet.

POLAND AND SWEDEN: Cibicki has played for both Poland and Sweden in his career, but is currently without A-international matches. Here from a match in the U21-EM, where he played for Sweden against Poland.

28-year-old Cibicki has represented both Poland and Sweden for age-specific national teams. He broke through in Malmö, and in 2017 was bought by Leeds. He made a total of ten appearances for Leeds in two and a half years. During that period, he was on loan at several clubs, including Molde in 2018 and Elfsborg and The Hague in 2019.

In 2020, he signed for the Polish club Pogon Szczecin, where he has played until the exclusion.

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