German football must polish up its image

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22 February 2005 , BERLIN - German football needs to improve its image as soon as possible following the refereeing match-fixing scandal, national team coach Juergen Klinsmann said. "The scandal has hurt us internationally and continues to hurt us," Klinsmann said. This summer's Confederations Cup being hosted by Germany should give the footballing nation an opportunity to set things right, Klinsmann said. "We will again be able to present a sporting image to the world and demonstrate that Germany is the

22 February 2005 

BERLIN - German football needs to improve its image as soon as possible following the refereeing match-fixing scandal, national team coach Juergen Klinsmann said.

"The scandal has hurt us internationally and continues to hurt us," Klinsmann said.

This summer's Confederations Cup being hosted by Germany should give the footballing nation an opportunity to set things right, Klinsmann said.

"We will again be able to present a sporting image to the world and demonstrate that Germany is the best place to hold the 2006 World Cup," he said.

The coach said it was especially a shame that the refereeing scandal had come at a time when the German national team was again becoming a good ambassador for the game.

The German Football Federation (DFB) control committee on Monday meanwhile recommended referee Robert Hoyzer receive a lifetime suspension and be fined EUR 50,000.

Hoyzer remains in custody while prosecutors investigate the match-fixing affair. 

DPA

Subject: German news 

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