Cameroon midfielder Alex Song was sent off before halftime for striking Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic in the back.

Der Spiegel's claims rang alarm bells because Perumal is the best-known match-fixer in football. He was convicted of fixing matches in Finland and suspected of fixing other games in Africa and involving African teams.

He also isn't averse to self-publicity, having recently published memoirs with two journalists as co-authors. Perumal denied having predicted the outcome.

"The Facebook chat with the Der Spiegel journalist took place a few days after the match on June 21st, as confirmed by my Facebook log," his statement said.

"At no time did I make reference to four goals being scored or to a red card being issued. At no time did I suggest that I had any way of corroborating or substantiating what was meant to be an educated guess based on my extensive match-fixing experience. Last but not least, at no time was I informed by the Der Spiegel journalist that our chat was going to end up in the German publication," stated the statement.

"I am shocked and amazed that a respected magazine such as Der Spiegel would go so far as to fabricate statements by yours truly with the visible aim of stirring the row over match-fixing," he said.


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