German football facing further betting scandal
27 March 2006, COLOGNE, GERMANY - German football was facing further scandal on Saturday with officials in two cities investigating match rigging in six Bundesliga matches.
27 March 2006
COLOGNE, GERMANY - German football was facing further scandal on Saturday with officials in two cities investigating match rigging in six Bundesliga matches.
The prosecutors office in Cologne is investigating games involving Bayer Leverkusen, officials confirmed. Prosecutor Guenther Feld told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, that they had information that three games involving the club during the 2002/2003 season were rigged.
The former Champions League finalists were nearly relegated during that season, with the matches that are being investigated being two home games against Arminia Bielefeld and 1860 Munich, as well as a 1- 0 win at Nuremberg.
"We have credible evidence and we need to investigate this," Feld said, confirming a report in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
The allegation arises out of a police investigation of financial irregularities involving former Leverkusen manager Reiner Calmund.
Calmund, however, dismissed the allegations. In a statement issued through his lawyers, he said that he had never instigated match rigging. "He is also not aware of any match rigging involving Leverkusen."
Meanwhile, officials in Munich have opened investigations against betting offices and have searched several premises, prosecutor Anton Winkler confirmed.
A German news magazine said that three bookies were being investigated for manipulating matches, amongst them the opening game of the Munich World Cup stadium in May last year between 1860 Munich and Nuremberg.
They are also said to have manipulated the outcome of the Bundesliga games between Wolfsburg and Nuremberg (1-1), Werder Bremen against Nuremberg (6-2) and Nuremberg against Arminia Bielefeld (2- 3).
Winkler said, however, that they had not investigated any footballers.
Subject: German news