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'Keeper Denies Throwing Liverpool Game

Vukasin Poleksic, the Debrecen goalkeeper who was approached by bookmakers to throw a match against Liverpool in the 2009 Champions League, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

Montenegrin international Poleksic was banned for two years by Uefa, after he failed to report approaches from match-fixers before Debrecen’s game against Fiorentina, also in the 2009 Champions League.

But he insists that he did not contrive to concede three goals against Liverpool on behalf of criminal bet-makers, in a match the Reds ultimately won 1-0 at Anfield.

Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet has reported that German police intercepted phone calls before the Liverpool-Debrecen game, in which a Bochum-based gambling syndicate seemed to plot a 3-0 victory for the Reds.

However, Poleksic claims that events on the night made it obvious that he was not party to any match-fixing.

"Anyone who watched the match would know that what people are saying is bull," the ‘keeper told the Daily Mail.

"We lost 1-0 at Liverpool and I played a good game. I made lots of saves: a one-on-one against Albert Riera, one from Fernando Torres, one from Steven Gerrard. I remember it all. How can anyone say I threw the game?

"The match did not seem at all odd that night. There was nothing. I was just delighted to be playing at Anfield. It was a great night for me and my club and we played well.

"It was the biggest match of my career. Liverpool have always been my favourite club. I love them and can't believe what people have said about me. But I know I am clean."

There is no suggestion that Liverpool or their players were involved in any wrongdoing, and the club has not been contacted by local police or Europol.

A Liverpool spokesman said: "We have had no contact from Europol or any other organisation over this."

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