SOFIA, Bulgaria: Police have arrested a former Bulgarian goalkeeper for attempts to manipulate international Under-19 matches at last month’s European Championship, the interior ministry said on Friday.
“Daniel Gyaurov has been arrested after a joint operational work of the interior ministry and the Bulgarian Football Union,” the interior ministry’s spokeswoman told Reuters, adding that the investigation was continuing.
The 20-year-old former Lokomotiv Sofia and Vidima-Rakovski keeper, who was also part of the Bulgarian youth team, met some of his former Bulgaria U-19 team mates, trying to convince them to throw matches at the Euro 2014 in Hungary.
“His aim was to manipulate Bulgaria matches at the European championship,” BFU spokesman Pavel Kolev said.Bulgaria lost their three matches at the tournament in Hungary and finished bottom of Group B without scoring a goal.
“I see such a defeat for the first time,” Bulgaria coach Alexander Dimitrov said after his team’s 1-0 loss to Ukraine.