One of Liverpool’s Champions League games is part of a European investigation into match-fixing, it emerged today (5th Feb).
There are allegations that our 2009 home match against Hungarian side Debrecen, which we won 1-0 is under investigation, although there is no suggestion of any wrong doing by Liverpool players or staff.
The allegations are that Vukasin Poleksic, Debrecen’s goalkeeper, was approached by criminal gangs, to help ensure there were at least three goals in the match.
Liverpool won only 1-0 with a goal from Dirk Kuyt, scored on the rebound after Poleksic saved a shot from Fernando Torres.
Poleksic was banned by UEFA for two years for failing to report an approach from match-fixers before another Champions League game against Fiorentina.
A spokesman for The Football Association said: “The FA are not aware of any credible reports into suspicious Champions League fixtures in England, nor has any information been shared with us.
“While the Champions League comes under UEFA jurisdiction, The FA, alongside the Premier League, Football League and Conference, monitor markets for the top seven leagues and three major cup competitions in England and take matters of integrity in football extremely seriously.”
Investigators said an Asia-based crime syndicate is behind the fixing of the 380 matches, along with World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and “several top football matches in European leagues”.