German football probes match-rigging claims

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21 December 2004 , HAMBURG - The German football league DFL will thoroughly investigate match-rigging allegations around a recent German second division match in order to protect the credibility of football, a senior German football league (DFL) official said. "Sport can not be harmed. This is about our reputation and credibility," DFL management member Wilfried Straub told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa. "We will ask the bookmakers to give us all their information," he added. Bookmakers said last week that

21 December 2004

HAMBURG - The German football league DFL will thoroughly investigate match-rigging allegations around a recent German second division match in order to protect the credibility of football, a senior German football league (DFL) official said.

"Sport can not be harmed. This is about our reputation and credibility," DFL management member Wilfried Straub told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa.

"We will ask the bookmakers to give us all their information," he added.

Bookmakers said last week that they received unusually high bets on an Oberhausen defeat ahead of their 2-0 loss at Erzgebirge Aue on 12 December.

German and Austrian bookies even stopped taking bets on the game which was decided by an own goal and a penalty.

The Oberhausen club called in Duisburg prosecutors to investigate a case they consider as character assassination.

The governing football body DFB said late last week that it will not investigate, but could change its mind depending on the outcome of the DFL's own investigation.

Bookmakers threatened on the weekend to look into the affair themselves, one likely reason why the DFL announced its own investigation.

DPA

Subject: German news

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