Debrecen confirm Reds game probe

Hungarian club Debrecen on Tuesday confirmed that their Champions League match against Liverpool in 2009 was part of a match-fixing investigation.

Liverpool v Debrecen VSC - UEFA Champions League,

By FOX Sports staff

Debrecen said UEFA had taken action against goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic in 2010 for not reporting approaches from fixers before two European matches - against Liverpool and Fiorentina.

Poleksic was banned for two years but the UEFA charge at the time only specified Fiorentina, and Liverpool say they have never been notified by any organisation that the match at Anfield was under investigation.

There has never been any suspicion of wrongdoing by anyone at Liverpool, who won the match in question 1-0.

European enforcement agency Europol said on Monday one Champions League game in England was one of 380 games under investigation, and Debrecen confirmed a report in Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet that their games were involved.

A statement on Debrecen's website said: "The [UEFA] disciplinary committee's position was that Vukasin Poleksic neglected his obligations when he didn't report in time that, before two international matches of DVSC, unknown persons attempted to persuade him to influence the outcome of the matches.

"The two matches were the away game against Liverpool and the home encounter with Fiorentina."

"Neither DVSC nor the player wish to react further, all the more so as all the information has been released about this affair during the summer of 2010."

A Liverpool spokesman told the Press Association: "We have had no contact from Europol or any other organisation over this."



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