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Manipulation in basketball? House searches in Tyrol

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Allegations of manipulation in connection with online betting shake the Raiders Tirol. The public prosecutor’s office carried out house searches for three Slovenian legionnaires, as the leader of the second-highest division announced. Laptops and cell phones were confiscated. It is the presumption of innocence.

The three affected players were released from the club, the integrity committee of the basketball association also suspended the legionnaires for ten days and initiated disciplinary proceedings. “We are completely surprised by the events, but above all shaken and are already working with the responsible authorities and the Austrian Basketball Association to bring clarity and transparency to the situation”Markus Schwab, athletic director of the Raiders’ basketball section, was quoted as saying in a statement.

Ten players charged in Graz

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There had already been a similar case in domestic basketball in the recent past, and a few days ago ten former players were accused of match-fixing in Graz. “Integrity in sport is an inviolable asset that we will always protect to the best of our ability”, said Johannes Wiesmann, General Manager at Basketball Austria. The association’s own integrity committee was almost three years ago as a reaction to the investigations in the “Cause Graz” been established.

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GRAZ. The alleged manipulation scandal at the basketball club UBSC Graz is making waves.

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“That should be punished with all severity”

The case came to light in early 2020. The suspects are five Austrians, two Americans, two Croatians and one Slovenian, former players of the Superliga club UBSC Graz, who have also filed a complaint themselves. Listed are 19 games where these manipulations are said to have taken place. Three men are accused of damage of more than 300,000 euros, for the others the public prosecutor assumes amounts of more than 5000 euros but less than 300,000 euros.

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