The yellow card received by Granit Xhaka in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Leeds United last season, in December, has been deemed highly questionable.
The English media reports that an investigation has been launched by the National Crime Agency against Xhaka, as it is suspected that in cooperation with the Albanian mafia and by the former Swedish-Albanian footballer, Alban Jusufi, convicted of match-fixing, they influenced the result.
The investigation was first launched by the English Football Associations, which was influenced by suspicious betting patterns for this match, for which figures were set as high as 52,000 pounds for Xhaka, with the Albanian being punished in the last 10 minutes of the game. .
Xhaka was shown a yellow card by referee Andre Marriner in the 86th minute after taking a free-kick about 20 seconds late despite Arsenal winning 4-1 and in full control of the game.
It is further reported that investigators have uncovered evidence of significant amounts of betting not being placed in England, with much of the activity thought to have taken place in Albania.
Also being considered as a possibility is the fact that Alban Jusufi, a Swedish-Albanian striker sentenced to a five-year suspension for match-fixing by the Swedish courts in 2017, made large sums betting that Xhaka would be punished.
The 41-year-old was found guilty of bribing AIK goalkeeper Kyriakos Stamatopoulos with £150,000 to not play well ahead of a derby against IFK Gothenburg in 2017. The Swedish FA postponed the match after her match-fixing was reported./Just Football/