Slovakian prime minister Robert Fico has penned an open letter denouncing events in last Saturday's U21 game in Krakow claiming that his nation were victims of "unjust match fixing"in the current Under 21 European championship being staged in Poland. He claims that Italy and Germany agreed on a 1-0 win for the Italians that ensured both teams progressed to the semi-final stage of the tournament at the expense of Slovakia.
Letter to Ceferin
"I am confident that this incident will be fully investigated by UEFA and that rules will be set in place in future tournaments that reward sporting effort and prohibit convenient results of this nature". His open letter was addressed to UEFA General Secretary Aleksander Ceferin.
With the 1-0 final scoreline, Germany came second in Group C but the result permitted both Italy as group winners and Germany as best runners up edging out Slovakia in the process by one goal to progress into the semi final of the competition.
The Slovakian team were one of the surprise packages of the competition beating host nation Poland and current U21 holders Sweden. "This was an orchestrated farce between two experienced footballing nations", lamented the Slovakian politician.