Football fans want money back rigged match

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3 February 2005, HAMBURG - Angry SV Hamburg fans want their travel and ticket money back in connection with an allegedly rigged cup match in Paderborn, the Bild daily reported on Thursday. Bild said that fans can fill in a form adressed to the ruling body DFB on the fan website to seek compensation. Fan representative Sven Freese said that 1,600 to 1,800 fans made the trip to the match last August. "We have been approached by several fans. We want to demonstrate that not only the club but the fans were bet

3 February 2005

HAMBURG - Angry SV Hamburg fans want their travel and ticket money back in connection with an allegedly rigged cup match in Paderborn, the Bild daily reported on Thursday.

Bild said that fans can fill in a form adressed to the ruling body DFB on the fan website to seek compensation. Fan representative Sven Freese said that 1,600 to 1,800 fans made the trip to the match last August.

"We have been approached by several fans. We want to demonstrate that not only the club but the fans were betrayed as well. We will not tolerate this," said Freese.

The cup match, which Paderborn won 4-2, is one of four games referee Robert Hoyzer is said to have rigged in a major match-fixing and betting scandal. A total 10 games are under investigation in the first, second and third division and the cup.

The Hamburg club has appealed the DFB against the result and wants the match replayed.

Meanwhile, German football federation (DFB) president Theo Zwanziger said on Thursday referee Robert Hoyzer has manipulated four lower league and cup matches, failed to rig two further games and did not have to help get the desired result in another one, 

Zwanziger for the first time named the matches Hoyzer admitted to prosecutors to have manipulated and the DFB hinted it planned to start dealing with appeals from involved clubs next week.

A total 25 people are under suspicion by Berlin prosecutors of being involved in the scheme, including three other referees, players, an official and three by now arrested brothers who placed the bets, with the damage "in the millions".

Prosecutors are investigating them on suspicion of "organised and professional fraud" and abetting fraud. They gathered further evidence in raids Wednesday but no additional people were arrested.

Zwanziger told a news conference that the DFB will take action now that they gained insight late Wednesday into what Hoyzer told the prosecution last week.

The DFB has set up a special commission to look into the affair and will report to the DFB bodies which can issue sanctions. The first appeals by clubs against results are expected to be dealt with next week or early in the following week.

He said that the three referees, Bundesliga match official Juergen Jansen, Dominik Marks and Felix Zwayer, will not officiate games until the case has been cleared up.

"We are a step further now. There is light at the end of the tunnel but no sunshine yet because there is suspicion against the three referees," Zwanziger told a news conference.

"We have one suspect who has talked and three suspicions. There is no indication right now that the suspicion is justified. If they are not guilty we will be the first to rehabilitate them," Zwanziger said.

According to the DFB, Hoyzer manipulated last season's third division games Wuppertal vs. Werder Bremen amateurs and Eintracht Braunschweig vs. St. Pauli Hamburg, a second division match in October between LR Ahlen and Wacker Burghausen, and a cup match between Paderborn and Bundesliga club SV Hamburg in August.

The second division match may be replayed because the season is ongoing. The other two league matches will likely not be played again and neither may the cup game because the knockout competition has continued.

The cup match was at the centre of the controversy, with bookmakers Oddset alerting the DFB of unusually high bets around the August game which Paderborn won with the help of two disputed penalties and a red card for a Hamburg player awarded by Hoyzer.

The DFB controversially rested the investigation, and did not re-open it until two weeks ago after four referees came up with evidence against Hoyzer.

The DFB said that Hoyzer failed to manipulate games between Paderborn and Chemnitz and Unterhaching and Saarbrucken. The match Duisburg vs. Greuther Fuerth had the desired result without manipulation.

The DFB said that Jansen and Marks are under suspicion of having manipulated two games each, to be named by the DFB later Thursday. Both have protested their innocence.

Jansen has been linked with manipulation of a Bundesliga match between Kaiserslautern and SC Freiburg.

The DFB also said it will over the next days sign a contract with internet betting watchdog betradar.com to avoid further manipulation in the future.

Zwanziger he could not estimate how long the affair, which has rocked German football one year ahead of the 2006 World Cup in the country.

"I expect we are quite far in the case of the referee who has talked. I can not foresee how long the other cases will take," said Zwanziger.

Zwanziger said the main work will have to be done by the prosecution.

"The DFB is a sports federation. It can not get into the depth of organised crime," he said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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