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Police gather 11 new match-fixing suspects in lower-tier, youth Czech leagues in 2013


PRAGUE — Police say 11 people are new suspects in a 2013 bribery case involving low-level leagues in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

In a statement on Tuesday, police say they are all suspected of paying and accepting bribes, and one of them also of money laundering.

Investigators say they believe the bribes of up to several hundred thousand koruna (more than $10,000) were offered to players to fix 10 matches spread over the Czech second- and third-tier leagues and a youth competition, from May to August 2013.

Police say some players accepted the bribes while others rejected them.

As a result of the police investigation, the Czech and Slovak football federations have banned seven players from five to 25 years.

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