Main match-fixing suspect issues tearful apology

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27 October 2005, BERLIN - A Croatian suspected of being the leader of an illegal betting ring issued a tearful apology to the German football community at a trial involving match-fixing in German football on Thursday.

27 October 2005

BERLIN - A Croatian suspected of being the leader of an illegal betting ring issued a tearful apology to the German football community at a trial involving match-fixing in German football on Thursday.

"I apologise that I used football to win bets, that I simply did not realise the dimension such activities would create," said defendant Ante Sapina.

Sapina is said to be the mastermind in the betting scheme in which he, two of his brothers and ex-referees Robert Hoyzer and Dominik Marks have to stand trial on charges of organised and professional fraud.

Sapina and his brothers are said to have made 2 million euros from bets on 23 games which were manipulated, 11 of them by Hoyzer.

Hoyzer confirmed to the judge that the accusations in the charge sheet were true in principle. Hoyzer said he was approached by Sapina with the ultimate aim of getting him involved in the manipulation scheme.

The trial is due to last until December 29. If found guilty, the men face up to 10 years of imprisonment.

DPA

Subject: German news

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