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Reports link German international with match-rigging scandal

17 March 2006 11:20

MUNICH, Mar 17 (SW) - FC Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been questioned by police investigating alleged match fixing, Munich daily tz has reported.

The 21-year-old Schweinsteiger and two players from Bayern city rival TSV 1860 Munich - Quido Lanzaat and Paul Agostino - are alleged to have had contact with a betting ring, in at least one instance accepting cash to alter the result of a match.

Bavarian state prosecutors were cool to the newspaper story, commenting: "We're currently evaluating information. We're not talking about names. "

Frankfurt police arrested four people last week after an investigation into possible match-rigging in the second and third divisions, with further inquiries suggesting that the scandal was larger than previously imagined.

German World Cup organising committee president Franz Beckenbauer said he did not believe that a German international could be involved in the mess.

'I cannot imagine that,' he told reporters in Berlin. 'They should earn enough money to stay away from adventures like that.'

Schweinsteiger has told the Bayern board that the reports are false, and he and the club have secured legal advisors as they contemplate filing suit against the Munich newspaper.

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