Court case involving referee to start in October

13th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

13 September 2005, BERLIN - The case involving former German referee Robert Hoyzer is to be heard by a Berlin court from October 18, Berlin justice officials confirmed on Tuesday.

13 September 2005

BERLIN - The case involving former German referee Robert Hoyzer is to be heard by a Berlin court from October 18, Berlin justice officials confirmed on Tuesday.

Officials also confirmed that the case against another referee, Dominik Marks and former Manchester City player, Steffen Karl, would proceed.

The two, together with three Croatian brothers known only as Ante, Milan and Filip S., are being charged with fraud and corruption.

The court has only determined the court dates until the end of the year and has set aside two days per week for the case in which 170 witnesses have been called.

The accused are said to have manipulated the outcome of more than 20 matches. Prosecutors are saying that Hoyzer, Marks and Karl influenced matches, or attempted to do so and then discussed these with the brothers, who placed bets on the outcome of the matches.

At times the desired results were achieved without influence and at other times, they failed in their attempts to influence the outcome of matches.

The 289-page charge sheet lists the venues of the crime as Berlin, Braunschweig, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Ankara as well as the Italian towns of Viroli and Frosinone. Officials are saying that the total loss for bookmakers is said to be in the region of two million euros.

Ante S is said to have placed a 26,000 euros bet on the third division match between Holstein Kiel and Chemnitzer FC in May last year and won close to 300,000 euros. He is said to have won 870,000 euros for a 240,000 euros bet on the second division game between Karlsruher SC and MSV Duisburg in December 2004.

DPA

Subject: German news

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