Betting irregularities discovered in relation to Wiener Neustadt - Sturm Graz Austrian league match

The circumstances in which Neustadt conceded a late penalty at the weekend have caught the attention of the authorities
The Austrian authorities are set to open an investigation into betting irregularities associated with the league match between Wiener Neustadt and Sturm Graz from last weekend, Kronen Zeitung reports.

Table-toppers Sturm Graz recorded a narrow 2-1 win. However, when the sides were tied at 1-1 with five minutes remaining, Graz were awarded a spot kick after Neustadt's Edin Salkic inexplicably handled the ball inside his own area without any opponents nearby. 
 
The penalty was converted to help Sturm Graz to the points and put them within touching distance of the title with one round of matches to play. 

In Asia, large sums of money were placed on the outcome of the fixture, and the total value of all bets amounted to seven times more than is normally staked on an Austrian match.

Neustadt manager Alex Gruber fumed at the actions of his player, and made it clear that they will sack the striker if there is any foundation in the match-fixing suspicions.

"Unbelievable, what was he thinking? Normally, we would consider terminating his contract. We do not want to get ahead of ourselves here, but Salkic does not have a future here if there is any truth in all this," Gruber commented.

Salkic joined Wiener Neustadt last winter, ironically from weekend opponents Sturm Graz.

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