Key suspect breaks silence in match-fixing case

18th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

18 May 2005, BERLIN - A key suspect has admitted his involvement in a match-fixing scandal in German football and provided new information in the case as well, Berlin prosecutors said on Wednesday.

18 May 2005

BERLIN - A key suspect has admitted his involvement in a match-fixing scandal in German football and provided new information in the case as well, Berlin prosecutors said on Wednesday.

The man, a Croatian identified as Ante S., was arrested in late January with his two brothers after referee Robert Hoyzer admitted to have fixed matchs to allow successful bets on them.

"He testified in a very detailed way," prosecution spokesman Frank Thiel told Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

Thiel said that Ante S. finally broke his silence, admitted to the allegations and also gave additional information on the case. The prosecution was now checking his statements.

The three brothers detained face charges of 'organised and professional fraud', with Ante S.'s siblings yet to talk to investigators.

Thiel said it remained open when the investigations will be completed.

Hoyzer admitted to have fixed several games in the German cup, second and third divisions to allow the three brothers to place successful bets on the games. He received EUR 67,000 for his involvement, with the brothers reportedly making more than EUR 1 million from the bets.

The affair, which sent shockwaves through Germany one year before the country hosts the 2006 World Cup, led to investigations against 25 people ranging from referees to players, including the three brothers.

The ruling body DFB ordered several games to be replayed and Hoyzer was banned for life from refereeing on 28 April. Another referee, Dominik Marks, also faces a life-time ban.

All suspects face prison terms if found guilty.

DPA

Subject: German news

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