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Karabtic declares innocence on Facebook

One of the two brothers at the heart of the handball scandal, Nikola Karabatic, has publicly denied the allegations for the first time on his Facebook page.

Karabtic declares innocence on Facebook
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Two-time Olympic champion Nikola and his brother Luka, of the Montpellier Agglomération Handball team (MAHB), are among the 13 people formally questioned by police in relation to allegations of rigging a match with Cesson in May this year.

But last night he took to his Facebook page to deny the allegations and tell his fans of his anguish.

“I’ve kept silent so far, but I owe you a few words. Have I bet on matches? No, I haven’t. Has my girlfriend bet? Yes, and she told me about it,” he wrote.

“As for the charges, they are really causing me pain. To accuse me of cheating and fixing the match, and throwing me to the press like that, is unthinkable.”

After being questioned last night over charges of fraud, Nikola’s lawyer confirmed in a press conference that he had broken down in tears in front of the magistrate.

“Since I was born, I have dedicated my life to handball. I fight for my sport, and to find myself in this situation is a nightmare.

“Thank you all for your support, it is very comforting in these difficult times,” Nikola signed off.

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Denmark stun France for men’s handball gold

Denmark stunned two-time defending champions France 28-26 to win the Olympic Games men's handball gold medal on Sunday.

Denmark stun France for men's handball gold
Denmark celebrates its gold medal in handball. Photo: MARKO DJURICA/Scanpix
It was a shock result given that in the last eight years, France have won two Games golds, three world titles and two European crowns.
 
Denmark's previous Olympics best was a fourth place in 1984.
 
“I'm super proud of everybody in this group, everyone has worked from the first minute that we showed up this summer,” said Denmark's Mikkel Hansen.
 
“Before I entered these Olympics my dad still had the record in the family. He came in the fourth place in 1984, so I'm happy to show him the medal,” Hansen continued. “I've broken the record in the family too, so it's going to be good to see him again.”
 
French key player Nikola Karabatic admitted that the Danes had been the stronger on the day.
 
“Of course we are very disappointed but we are happy that both the female and male French teams were in the final,” said Karabatic.
 
Germany won the bronze medal earlier Sunday with a 31-25 win over Poland.
 
With the handball victory, Denmark claimed 15 medals at the 2016 Rio Games. 
 
Even before the weekend's action got underway, the head of the Danish delegation said that this year's medal haul amounted to “the best Olympics we’ve ever had”.
 
“This is a fantastic experience here [in Rio] and it must also be for the Danes home in Denmark,” Morten Rodtwitt told TV2 Sport.  
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