Posted November 14, 2012 on AP on Fox
FIFA President Sepp Blatter says the ''irritating'' acquittal of three football players in Switzerland in a match-fixing case was an ''own goal by Swiss justice.'' Switzerland's Football Association says the country ''desperately needs'' to update its criminal code after the players were cleared by a federal court on Tuesday. The Swiss League players were prosecuted for swindling linked to betting on second-tier matches played in 2009 following an international investigation led from Bochum, Germany. Goalkeeper Darko Damjanovic, who allegedly recruited players for a Croatian crime syndicate, was suspended indefinitely by the Swiss FA in 2010. However, a judge acquitted Damjanovic and two others, saying there was no obvious victim of bets placed online. The Swiss FA called Wednesday for a national law against sporting fraud to be passed.
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