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Debrecen keeper denies involvement in fixing Liverpool match

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Debrecen goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic has hit out at allegations he was involved in fixing a Champions League match against Liverpool in 2009, denying claims he took a bribe to throw the game.

The Hungarian side’s 1-0 defeat at Anfield is believed to be one of around 380 matches under investigation by European anti-crime agency Europol, with goalkeeper for the night Poleksic the man in question.

However, the 30-year-old has stated his innocence, maintaining he did not take money to ensure the Reds won the match.

"Anyone who watched the match would know that what people are saying is bull," Poleksic told the Daily Mail.

"We lost 1-0 at Liverpool and I played a good game. I made lots of saves: a one-on-one against Albert Riera, one from Fernando Torres, one from Steven Gerrard. I remember it all. How can anyone say I threw the game?”

Poleksic was banned in 2010 for two years by UEFA after he failed to report approaches from match fixers before group games at home to Fiorentina, and then the trip to Liverpool. However, the Montenegrin has denied any involvement in the incidents himself.

"The match did not seem at all odd that night. There was nothing. I was just delighted to be playing at Anfield. It was a great night for me and my club and we played well," he added.

"Every goalkeeper in the world makes mistakes but my big one was that I didn't call the police. I didn't play for two years because of this but it's my fault because I didn't report it.

"But I didn't fix anything. I came back in June and the club have been behind me the whole time."

Liverpool have revealed they have not been officially notified of the claims, and have no reason to believe there were any suspicions of wrongdoing that night.

A club spokesman told the Press Association: "We have had no contact from Europol or any other organisation over this."

Despite victory for Liverpool on the night, they were unable to qualify from their group, finishing behind the Italian side and Lyon. Liverpool haven’t appeared in the Champions League since. Debrecen, meanwhile, lost all six fixtures without earning a point. 

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