No chance of World Cup match fixing: Zwanziger

12th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

12 April 2006, STUTTGART, GERMANY - German football federation co-president Theo Zwanziger on Wednesday ruled out match-fixing at the World Cup in connection with betting.

12 April 2006

STUTTGART, GERMANY - German football federation co-president Theo Zwanziger on Wednesday ruled out match-fixing at the World Cup in connection with betting.

"I rule out manipulation at the World Cup. Nothing will happen," Zwanziger told a news conference, saying it would be "crazy" for a referee to risk his career in such a way.

Germany has been rocked by a match fixing scheme involving referees such as Robert Hoyzer and a several members of a betting ring last year. Prosecutors are investigating another possible scheme.

Zwanziger said he doesn't fear bad publicity at the World Cup over the fixing schemes "because we have fully cleared up the case."

He also said that the standing of German referees has improved again, saying that, led by World Cup official Markus Merk, Germany has top referees in the game.

DPA

Subject: German news

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