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The match-fixing affair in Austrian footall took another twist on Thursday, when former SV Groedig player Dominique Taboga was arrested by police.

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

Twenty active or former players were also interrogated, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported. Around 17 to 19 games played over the last nine years have been called into doubt.

Earlier this month, Taboga, 31, said he was pressured into fixing a match in Austria's second tier, where Groedig played in the 2012-13 season.

He also reportedly told police that he was forced to hand over 70,000 euros after he and his family were threatened with violence. This led to several arrests in mid-November, including the former Austria international Sanel Kuljic.

A few days later, with doubts over Taboga's statements growing and the player confirming that he had asked four other squad members to take part in the match-fixing, he was released from his contract by Groedig.

On Thursday, a spokesperson for a Salzburg district court confirmed that Taboga had been arrested and taken into custody. He is under suspicion of match-fixing and betting fraud, and is also being investigated for fraud, the spokesperson confirmed.

Three current Groedig players are among the players under investigation. The other players play or have played for Austrian Bundesliga, second division, regional league and district clubs.

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