HELSINKI, April 14 Tampere United were expelled
from all competitions by the Finnish FA on Thursday over
irregularities related to a marketing deal forcing the start of
the season to be delayed by a week.
The FA's disciplinary committee said Tampere had allowed
Singaporean firm Exclusive Sport PTE Ltd to improperly influence
the choice of players for certain matches as part of a marketing
"We from the league warned them with a letter in December
and January. Tampere United was not the only team approached by
this firm, but the other teams backed off after our warning,"
Lasse Lehtinen, chairman of the Finnish football league, told
Tampere United said in the statement it disagreed with the
disciplinary committee's decision and would appeal.
A Singaporean man working for Exclusive Sport PTE Ltd was in
late February detained by Finnish police as he was using a fake
ID. He is suspected of fixing matches in Finland and elsewhere.
Processing Tampere's appeal is expected to take at least a
few weeks. The appeal process is continuing for AC Oulu, which
had its league licence revoked in February because of its poor
(Reporting by Terhi Kinnunen, editing by Justin Palmer)