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10 suspects to stand trial in Austrian criminal court for alleged role in match-fixing scandal


GRAZ, Austria — Five former players and five other suspects are set to appear in a criminal court on Friday at the start of a 10-day trial for their alleged involvement in a match-fixing scandal that rocked Austrian football last year.

The 10 defendants, including retired international Sanel Kuljic, have been charged with manipulation of 18 domestic league games in Austria's first and second divisions between 2004 and October last year.

The players allegedly received between 7,000 and 25,000 Euros ($9,375-$33,485) per match to influence the outcome of the games, enabling their backers from Austria, Albania, Serbia and Chechnya to earn betting profits.

Criminal prosecutors say 15 more men are still under investigation, while charges against 18 others were dropped due to a lack of evidence.

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