Austria ex-soccer players charged for match-fixing



GRAZ, Austria — State prosecutors have brought charges against former players Dominique Taboga and Sanel Kuljic as well as “other persons” for their alleged role in a match-fixing scandal that rocked Austrian soccer in November.

Prosecutors said in a statement Monday they won’t identify the other suspects or reveal any further details of the case before next week.

Criminal investigators have been interrogating 20 current and former soccer players in Austria for their alleged involvement in fixing at least 17 league matches, including nine in the country’s top-flight division, since 2004. Three of the 17 matches under investigating were played this season.

Investigators said they obtained a list with 26 soccer players’ names on it from two Albanian men, who were arrested in November for allegedly coordinating the fixing.

All first-division games under suspicion include either Kapfenberg or Groedig — both former clubs of Taboga, who has admitted he tried to persuade four teammates at Groedig to fix games last season and claimed Kuljic forced him into the fraud to settle a personal debt.