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Austrian player admits to match-fixing attempts

VIENNA (AP) - The Austrian player who claimed to be blackmailed by former international Sanel Kuljic has admitted that he tried to persuade four teammates at a first-division club to fix games last season.

Groedig coach Christian Haas says the attempts by player Dominique Taboga failed and no match involving the club has actually been manipulated.

Haas says Groedig and Taboga parted ways by mutual consent after the defender's confession Thursday, a day after Taboga told state prosecutors in Salzburg that Kuljic had talked him into fixing matches to settle a personal debt.

Prosecutors said Kuljic was arrested Tuesday after Taboga filed charges, claiming he was forced to pay Kuljic nearly 30,000 euros ($40,200) and was threatened by the former Austria international after refusing to prevent Groedig from winning matches.

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