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Last Updated: Friday, 4 February, 2005, 15:02 GMT
Nando denies fixing matches
Angola's Rafael Nando
Nando denies rigging football matches
Angola's Rafael Nando has denied any involvement in the match-fixing scandal engulfing German football.

A German magazine accused Nando and two of his team-mates at Hertha Berlin of rigging a domestic cup game in September last year.

Referee Robert Hoyzer has admitted fixing the game between Hertha Berlin and a lower division team Eintracht Braunschweig.

The regional side won the tie 3-2 but the match is one of several now being investigated by the German Football Federation and the police.

But the Angloan striker told BBC Sport on Friday that he has not done anything wrong.

Nando said: "I am 2000% innocent. I'm not the sort of person to be involved in this sort of thing."

"I'm really shocked to be linked with this affair and I have no idea why my name has been brought up in the matter."

The magazine - Focus - claimed that two Croatian brothers arrested in connection with the scandal implicated the Hertha Berlin trio.

The three players have since threatened legal action against the publication.

"Football is a crazy game", Nando said.

"On paper, a Bundesliga team should not lose to a regional side.

"But who thought that Greece would win the last European Championship?

"These things [cup upsets] have always happened in football.

German police have already raided 32 premises in connection with their investigations.

"I have not been interviewed by the police, but the Hertha club president asked me and the other two players for our side of the story.


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