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Debrecen Confirms Europol Probe into 2009 Liverpool Game
ESPN Soccernet, February 6th, 2013 11:18AM

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Hungarian club Debrecen on Tuesday confirmed that its UEFA Champions League group stage game against Liverpool at Anfield in 2009 was part of a game-fixing investigation by Europol. On Monday, Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet broke the news, saying that sources within Europol had confirmed the investigation.

Apparently, Debrecen goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic was told to let in at least three goals in order to trigger an “over 2.5 goals” bet against Liverpool, but Debrecen only lost the game 1-0. Poleksic would later receive a two-year ban from UEFA for failing to report a match-fixing approach from a Croatian crime syndicate in a later Champions League game against Fiorentina, which Debrecen lost 4-3. According to the Ekstra Bladet report, Fiorentina and Liverpool were never suspected of any wrongdoing.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Pokeksic claimed that replays failed to prove that he played suspiciously. "Anyone who watched the match would know that what people are saying is bull," Poleksic said. "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?”

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