Liverpool match under investigation

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Liverpool's Champions League match with Debrecen in 2009 has come under investigation of match-fixing after the Hungarian side's goalkeeper was accused of purposely trying to concede goals.

Liverpool are believed to be at the heart of a worldwide match-fixing scandal after a Champions League encounter in 2009.

The world of football was shocked on Monday, when European Police announced that 380 matches across Europe had been fixed after an investigation revealed that 425 match officials, players, club officials and criminals are alleged to have been involved in match-fixing incidents.

According to Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet, sources within Europol confirmed on Monday that the Hungarian side Debrecen were under the microscope following their 1-0 loss to the Reds at Anfield in a group stage match.

It is thought that goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic was approached by a Croatia-based crime group to let in three goals during the clash that would have triggered a bet condition, although he later received a two-year ban from UEFA after not attending a match-fixing approach further on in the campaign when the Hungarians lost 4-3 to Fiorentina, The Telegraph reports.

Despite not being accused of anything, Liverpool released a statement saying: "Liverpool Football Club has not been contacted by anyone from Europol or UEFA in relation to this matter."

Liverpool failed to qualify from the group stages during that campaign.

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