Luzon questioned by cops again in match-fixing probe

Israel Football Association chairman Luzon allegations of involvement in match fixing.

January 9, 2012 05:15
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Israel Football Association chairman Avi Luzon was questioned under caution by police for eight hours at the Fraud Department in Yavne on Sunday in suspicion of match-fixing and intervening in referee selection.

Luzon was first quizzed on the matter on June 22 as part of a major investigation centering on suspicions of match-fixing, which also saw numerous coaches and players being interrogated by police.

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Luzon, a former chairman of Maccabi Petah Tikva, has been prohibited by police to speak to anyone probed in connection with the investigation.

“The IFA chairman was questioned by police today on the same issue he was questioned on over six months ago,” the IFA wrote in a statement.

“There is full cooperation with the police so that it can do its job and complete it quickly. The IFA asks the police to do its checks sensitively in order to prevent needless public damage, as a reputation is something valuable and when it is damaged it is sometimes difficult to mend.”

In Premier League action on Sunday, Hapoel Ramat Hasharon rode its luck to stun Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-0 at Bloomfield Stadium.

Tomer Swisa scored the winner in the 43rd minute, with Maccabi missing numerous chances to equalize, including a penalty by Barak Itzhaki in the 54th.

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