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The Israel Football Association yesterday filed a complaint with police against Oshri Levi, who was dismissed by his team Hapoel Kfar Sava last week on suspicion that he threw the team's match against Maccabi Haifa.

The IFA's private investigations firm Weizman-Ya'ar yesterday handed over to police the findings of its inquiry into the affair, and a source at the firm said it had made "substantial findings that pointed to criminal offenses having been commited."

Sources close to the goalkeeper said they had received hints from the police that it may offer Levi to turn state's witness if the alleged match-fixing affair turns out to be more than an isolated incident.

Levi's attorney welcomed the decision to hand the matter over to the police. "We have lost confidence in Weizman-Ya'ar and are sure that the police have the tools and the integrity required for an investigation of this nature," said attorney Eyal Yaffe.

Meanwhile, the police have broadened their investigation into allegations of match-fixing at Hapoel Be'er Sheva and have brought in 23 people for questioning.

Six players from the second-division team and 17 others are suspected of being involved in an attempt to fix the result of last Saturday's scheduled match against Ra'anana, police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said.

"Until now 23 people suspected of involvement have been arrested, and we think there will be others as well. The investigation is still ongoing," he said.

The IFA said that another second-division match between Upper Nazareth and Ironi Ramat Hasharon was also being investigated.

Upper Nazareth chairman Avshalom Nuriel said he was shocked by allegations his team could also be involved in the match-fixing affair.

"When I see what is happening in soccer and at my team, I have to ask myself what am I doing in the game," Nuriel said. "I feel like getting up and leaving. What I am seeing today does not fit in with the values I am used to."

There was good news for Nuriel when Upper Nazareth player Yaniv Tzitzian passed a polygraph test, but two other members of the team, Ami Azoulai and Asi Visuhan, are refusing to take the test. Nuriel is expected to meet with his legal advisers to decide on their future.

Meanwhile, the IFA yesterday rejected a call from the Knesset Education Committee to freeze all Premier League and National League games.

MK Yoram Marciano (Labor-Meimad) called on IFA chair Itche Menahem to freeze the leagues until the police inquiry into the affair was completed.

MK Avshalom Vilan (Meretz) called for a state committee of inquiry into match-fixing at soccer games.

IFA deputy chair Avi Luzon rejected the call unequivocally. "There is no reason for the IFA to freeze the leagues. The police and our private investigation firm are doing their job. And if players are found to have thrown matches, they will be banned for life. And iff a team is found to have been involved, it will be relegated," Luzon said.