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Liverpool Match Implicated In Europol Probe

Liverpool Match Implicated In Europol Probe

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55 / / Feb 05, 2013 08:15 AM
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Liverpool have been implicated in one of the Champions League matches under suspicion of match fixing by Europol.

The Reds have not been accused of facilitating match-fixing.

Rather, their Hungarian opponents during the 2009 Champions League group stage, Debrecen, are under suspicion.

In a Herschelle Gibbs style match-fixing failure, Debrecen’s then goalkeeper, Vukasin Poleksic, was apparently approached by criminals to let in at least three goals against Liverpool at Anfield. The idea was to trigger an 'over 2.5 goals' bet.  But as it happened, only a single goal by former Liverpool striker, Dirk Kuyt, separated the teams.

Pokesic has already previously been banned by Uefa for failing to report attempted match-fixing, when Debrecen lost 4-3 to Fiorentina during the same group stage as the Liverpool game.

Liverpool have made sure to confirm that they are under no suspicion themselves.

"Liverpool Football Club has not been contacted by anyone from Europol or Uefa in relation to this matter," a club statement revealed to The Telegraph.

Meanwhile, a Fifa official has claimed that currently, weak punishments do not deter criminals and football insiders from betting illegally on the outcome of matches.

"Match-fixing and match-manipulation is a global problem and is not going to go away tomorrow," Fifa's head of security and a former Interpol official, Ralf Mutschkethe told the Guardian.

While "a member of the football family" can be banned for life by Fifa, Mutschkethe added, "for people outside of football, the custodial sentences are too weak, and offer little to deter someone from getting involved in match-fixing".

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X-terro Level 3
refbarca involve

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negative60 Level 4
Hahaha I tell u wat shut up about bafana bafana

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wagono Level 1
people, a person with honorary doctrates is not referred to as doctor. dr is just not his tittle. it is better & realistic to call a traditional healer who never went to school doctor than a certain gap toothed soccer boss who made his fortune out of illigal activities.

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Gizaretti Level 1
Wish Europol could beat the hell out of the ugliest toothless, scandal-involved Khoza's ass!

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tondi23 Level 1
@thandoz: I have watched almost every single United's game and I can tell you that United had more penalties awarded against them than awarded to them last season. Also all penalties awarded to them this season were legitimate. I dont know much about Barca coz I havent watched all their games. How many games have your Madrid played against 10 men this season? How many penalties have Madrid been awarded this season? How about last season? Please dude. You can do better than that!

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thandoz Level 3
hehehehe@tondi23..so those soft penalties and opposition players being wrongfuly sentoff when teams play barca&manunited are legitimate?just go do research in laliga&epl and tell me which club hv been awarded most penalties in those ligs@gizaree.. Dr khoza hd nothing 2 do with this story.

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tondi23 Level 1
@thandoz: I am a true football follower and have been watching soccer for as long as I can remember. And yet you havent answered my question. How did you come to such conclusion? Please provide evidence to support or prove truth of what your claiming?

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Lefapiet Level 4
On Barca is winning formula and strong mentality Man U capable Fergie and winning mindset.

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Lefapiet Level 4
Le manager and winning mindset other team team should follow suit more than that it will be unapropriate to look at it differently .

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Gizaretti Level 1
Simple: put the ugliest toothless Khoza and the bald-headed Ace Ngcobo and see what will happen at G'ayfare. Michu showed that without, bribes, there is no team at G'ayfare!!!

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thandoz Level 3
@tondi23..If you a true 4tbaball follower and hv been watching matches involving those 2 teams you would'nt ask me that question.

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tondi23 Level 1
@thandoz: What makes you think in that way? Please elaborate how you came to that conclusion.

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thandoz Level 3
i strongly blv barca&man united are part of this fixing scandals.fifa shold'nt be afraid 2 investigate this evn though they're the world's 2 best supported clubs.ayeye operation dribble ayeye!!!

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mcnaughtty Level 1
MystqueExtraordinaire u are so pathetic! Loser and and angry that your team has not won a European cup in their history....add to the 7 year drought!

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mcnaughtty Level 1
Chicharito14 u are a monkey, read the article again and make a human comment, otherwise u are classified as a monkey till then

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