Posted: Wednesday November 20, 2013 3:42 PM

Ex-Austria international suspected of blackmail

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VIENNA (AP) - State prosecutors in Salzburg say a former Austria international has been arrested for allegedly blackmailing a former teammate at a top-division club and trying to persuade him to fix matches to settle a personal debt.

Prosecutors' spokesman Marcus Neher says retired striker Sanel Kuljic, who played 20 times for Austria from 2005-07, is being investigated after Dominique Taboga filed charges - claiming he has been threatened by Kuljic after refusing to get involved in match-fixing.

According to Neher, Taboga says he was forced to pay Kuljic nearly 30,000 euros ($40,200) after refusing to prevent his top-flight club side Groedig from winning matches.

Neher says Kuljic has denied the alleged attempt at match-fixing, adding that Taboga owed him money from the time they both played at Kapfenberg in 2012.
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