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Former footballers charged over match-fixing

Austrian prosecutors have charged former footballer Dominique Taboga over allegations of match-fixing, nearly five months after his connection to the scandal was exposed.

The prosecutors in Graz also said on Monday that they had charged a second former footballer, Sanel Kuljic and "several others".

Taboga used to play for Salzburg based SV Grödig before they sacked him in November after he admitted he had approached four other players to fix a match in the previous season. The thirty one year old football player had been playing professional football for over ten years before he was dropped from the club.

The case first hit the headlines when Taboga initially told the club that he had been forced to make a video confessing to match fixing, then blackmailed for over 87,000 EUR and held at gunpoint by a gang because he had refused to be an accomplice to a match fix. This led to the arrest of the alleged blackmailers, one of whom was the now charged Kuljic, a former top division Bundesliga player who had played alongside Taboga in 2012 until he retired.

It later emerged, however, that Taboga had lied about how much he had already paid the blackmailers, which was 60,000 EUR less than he had previously told police. He also retracted his statement about being held at gunpoint, fuelling confusion over Taboga’s true role in the scandal.

As many as 17 matches could have been fixed in the last seven years according to investigators, including nine in the Austrian Bundesliga.

In February Taboga was given a life ban by the Austrian Football Federation.

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