Match-rigging scandal rocks German football

24th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 January 2005, HAMBURG - German football has been rocked by a match-rigging scandal with prosecutors confirming on Monday they are to launch a preliminary investigation into whether match official Robert Hoyzer has a case to answer over allegations he manipulated the outcome of games he refereed. "Following the media reports, we are to investigate whether there is reason to believe a crime has been perpetrated," a spokesman for the prosecutors' office in Braunschweig said. There has been no charge or com


24 January 2005

HAMBURG - German football has been rocked by a match-rigging scandal with prosecutors confirming on Monday they are to launch a preliminary investigation into whether match official Robert Hoyzer has a case to answer over allegations he manipulated the outcome of games he refereed.

"Following the media reports, we are to investigate whether there is reason to believe a crime has been perpetrated," a spokesman for the prosecutors' office in Braunschweig said.

There has been no charge or complaint as yet but officials are investigating.

Hoyzer has denied that he had betted on matches in which he had officiated despite the German football federation DFB saying it has evidence that he manipulated the outcome of several games.

The DFB are especially looking into Bundesliga side SV Hamburg's 4-2 cup defeat last August at third division Paderborn in which Hoyzer awarded Paderborn two disputed penalties and sent off Hamburg striker Emile Mpenza after Hamburg took a 2-0 lead.

Hoyzer, who officiated 27 games in the cup and German second and third division over the past two years has already handed back his referee licence and quit his club Hertha Berlin, thus evading possible DFB sanctions. 

 

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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