Liverpool Champions League game under match-fixing spotlight
A Champions League game involving Liverpool is one of the nearly 400 matches alleged to have been fixed after a long-running investigation by Europol, the Daily Mirror has reported. The match was played in 2009 at Anfield against Debrecen.
There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing on the part of Liverpool, the newspaper adds.
Debrecen’s goalkeeper that night, Vukasin Poleksic, was later banned by UEFA for failing to report an approach in which he was asked to help fix a match. Poleksic appealed but the original decision stood. The Montenegrin was not banned for match-fixing, however, as there was no evidence to support that claim.
A Danish newspaper reported that Debrecen were approached and asked to concede more than 2.5 goals against Liverpool by a Singapore-based betting syndicate. Liverpool won the match 1-0 when Poleksic spilled a Fernando Torres shot and Dirk Kuyt scored from the rebound.
Debrecen’s match with Fiorentina the same year is also under suspicion, after the Hungarian club lost 4-3 to the Serie A side. Liverpool have not been contacted by the investigators, according to a club spokesman.
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