Match-fixing football ref remains behind bars

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15 February 2005, HAMBURG - Disgraced German football referee Robert Hoyzer will remain in custody in connection with a match-fixing affair, a Berlin judge ruled in a review of the remand case. Hoyzer was arrested on Saturday because the authorities saw a risk that he would flee the country on suspicion that he manipulated more games than he originally admitted to. Hoyzer appealed his detention, but was turned down on Monday. The 25-year-old is accused by prosecutors of being "an accomplice to organised co

15 February 2005

HAMBURG - Disgraced German football referee Robert Hoyzer will remain in custody in connection with a match-fixing affair, a Berlin judge ruled in a review of the remand case.
Hoyzer was arrested on Saturday because the authorities saw a risk that he would flee the country on suspicion that he manipulated more games than he originally admitted to.
Hoyzer appealed his detention, but was turned down on Monday.

The 25-year-old is accused by prosecutors of being "an accomplice to organised commercial fraud in eight cases".

Hoyzer has admitted to have manipulated four games in German cup, second and third division he officiated in 2004 to allow successful bets on them.

Berlin prosecutors are investigating against at least 25 people ranging from referees to players to betting groups.

In late January, the Croatian manager of a Berlin betting cafe and two of his brothers suspected to be involved in the betting scandal were arrested.

The trio, which reportedly paid Hoyzer EUR 67,000 for his manipulations, also remain behind bars, the Berlin judge said Monday.

Earlier Monday, Torsten Koop was suspended indefinitely as referee by the German football federation (DFB) because he failed to immediately report an incident with Hoyzer to the governing body.

The Bundesliga match official Koop was allegedly approached by Hoyzer during a referee meeting in mid-January, with Hoyzer reportedly out to win Koop to manipulate matches as well.

The DFB went public with the Hoyzer case on 22 January, but Koop did not inform the DFB until last week.

Koop, who has officiated 83 Bundesliga matches since 1993 but is sidelined since last summer with an injury, said he turned down Hoyzer. He also said in a press release issued Monday that he never manipulated matches.

Koop is the fifth referee benched by the DFB which has spoken out a preemptive ban against Hoyzer and has not nominated three other match officials named as suspects based on Hoyzer's testimony to the prosecution.

DPA

Subject: German news

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