Match-fixing inquiry ordered after bizarre Colombian match between Llaneros, Union Magdalena

Colombia’s First Division opened an investigation into possible match-fixing on Monday, two days after the promotion scandal caused widespread discontent in the South American country.

Second division Yaneros played Union Magdalena at home on Saturday and were leading 1-0 until the 95th minute when the visiting team scored two goals in a row.

The winning goal video appeared to show the Llaneros players backing off their opponents and letting them score.

The result means Union Magdalena was promoted to the first division, League de Mayor, ahead of Fortaleza, who lost 2-1 at home to Bogota on the same night.

“Despite the obvious facts witnessed by all Colombians and the entire world, we will respect the legal process and will act in accordance with the regulations and laws in force here in Colombia as FIFA does,” Dimayor president Fernando Jaramillo said when announcing the investigation.

Jaramillo added that if clubs are found to have violated sporting integrity, they risk being expelled from the league.

In a statement issued on Saturday evening, Laneros welcomed an independent investigation and said it was conducting its own investigation. Union Magdalena did not respond to requests for comment.

Jaramillo also said he will ask law enforcement authorities to determine whether any crimes have been committed.

The country’s president, Ivan Duque, was one of several notable Colombians to comment on the suspicious target that went viral.

Duque described the matter as a “national embarrassment” and the national team players reached the same conclusion, with Juventus captain Juan Cuadrado and his Colombian colleague Matthews Uribe expressing their dissatisfaction with the events.

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