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Austrian match-fix scandal takes twist

SV Groedig have released Dominique Taboga from his contract after he attempted to persuade his teammates to throw games -- just days after a former Austria international was arrested for allegedly attempting to "blackmail" the defender into match-fixing.

Dominique Taboga has been released from his contract.
Dominique Taboga has been released from his contract.

On Monday, Taboga said he was pressured into fixing a match in Austria’s second tier, where Groedig had played last season, and that he was also forced to hand over 70,000 euros after he and his family were threatened with violence.

The 31-year-old’s accusations reportedly led to the arrests of several people, including the former Austria international Sanel Kuljic, on Tuesday.

Groedig general manager Christian Haas, though, has revealed that three of the current squad informed the club on Tuesday that Taboga had, last winter, asked them and a former teammate to take part in match-fixing.

“The players did not take it seriously and understood it as a joke,” ORF quoted Haas as saying.

Haas, who stressed that no match-fixing had taken place, said the club confronted Taboga with the accusations on Wednesday.

“He confirmed it,” Haas said. “He obviously no longer knew what to do.”

On Thursday, Groedig terminated his contract, but a police spokesman told ORF that Taboga is still being treated as a blackmail victim despite the developments.

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