Footballer arrested over match-rigging affair

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11 March 2005, BERLIN - Steffen Karl from third division club Chemnitzer SC, became the first player on Friday to be arrested in connection with a match-rigging affair in German football, a Berlin court announced. A Berlin judge issued the arrest warrant and Karl was taken into custody in Chemnitz. Karl is charged with commercial and organised fraud, agreement to criminal actions and duress, the court said. The arrest came two days after that of referee Dominik Marks. The manager of a Berlin cafe, in which

11 March 2005

BERLIN - Steffen Karl from third division club Chemnitzer SC, became the first player on Friday to be arrested in connection with a match-rigging affair in German football, a Berlin court announced.

A Berlin judge issued the arrest warrant and Karl was taken into custody in Chemnitz.

Karl is charged with commercial and organised fraud, agreement to criminal actions and duress, the court said.

The arrest came two days after that of referee Dominik Marks. The manager of a Berlin cafe, in which illegal betting schemes were allegedly planned, was also taken into custody this week.

The case broke in January and the main suspect, referee Robert Hoyzer, admitted to have fixed four games he officiated to allow three Croatian brothers placing successful bets on them.

Hoyzer spent two weeks behind bars in February before being released after additional testimony. The three Croatians are in custody since January.

The court said that Karl is suspected to have worked together with the Croatian betters and tried to influence the outcome of a game officiated by Hoyzer last season in favour of opponents Paderborn. Paderborn won 4-0.

Karl is also suspected to have asked MSV Duisburg goalkeeper Georg Koch to deliberately drop goals last season when Koch was playing for Energie Cottbus. Koch refused and made the attempt public last month, saying he was threatened on the phone to keep quiet.

The court said the arrest of Karl was mainly based on testimony by Hoyzer and Koch.

Berlin prosecutors are investigating against 25 people ranging from players and referees to the betting group in an affair which has rocked German football one year before the nation hosts the World Cup.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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