Police bust match fixing attempt
A former Austria international has reportedly been arrested for match fixing after allegedly attempting to "blackmail" SV Grodig defender Dominique Taboga into manipulating the outcome of a Bundesliga game, according to local media.
Taboga, 31, is believed to have contacted Grodig manager Christian Haas and revealed he was pressured into fixing a top flight match.
Haas told Austrian news wire APA: "We had a meeting with Dominique Taboga yesterday. He told us that he is blackmailed because of match fixing. He has been to the police and made a self-denunciation."
According to a police report, made public by Austrian paper Kronen, 36-year-old Sanel Kuljic and two others were arrested for the incident.
A Salzburg prosecution spokesperson confirmed Taboga had also been forced to hand over "some 70,000 euros" after being threatened with violence against him and his family.
"At the starting point of our investigation, he told us that [the suspects] had tried to force him into match fixing, but he refused to do so," the spokesperson said. "By threatening to use violence against him and his family, they forced him into a money handover."
But on Tuesday, during the handover, police arrested the three men involved. Although the Salzburg prosecution refused to reveal all three names, they confirmed that "a former first league pro" was among them.
Grodig currently sit in fifth place in their first ever season in the Austrian Bundesliga.