Football: Karl admits offering bribe to goalkeeper

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15 March 2005, BERLIN - German footballer, Steffen Karl, who last week became the first footballer to be arrested for his involvement in a betting scandal, has admitted to offering a bribe to a goalkeeper, the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel reported on Tuesday.

15 March 2005

BERLIN - German footballer, Steffen Karl, who last week became the first footballer to be arrested for his involvement in a betting scandal, has admitted to offering a bribe to a goalkeeper, the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel reported on Tuesday.

Karl, who was released from custody on Monday, is said to have confirmed that he phoned goalkeeper Georg Koch and offered him between EUR 15,000 and EUR 20,000 if he helped Jahn Regensburg beat Energie Cottbus.

The footballer said that he had been asked to do so by a Croatian man, Ante S., who is considered the ringleader and has been in jail since January.

Karls is said to have met Ante S. at the beginning of 2004 in a disco. Karl was to help young Croatian international players find clubs in Germany.

He was then asked to manipulate the outcome of the match between his club, Chemnitzer SC and SC Paderborn. He claims to have turned the request down.

DPA

Subject: German news

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