Serious accusations heard in match-rigging trial

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21 October 2005, BERLIN - Former referee Robert Hoyzer, who is charged with involvement in 11 cases of corruption, faced serious accusations from a fellow-accused Thursday on day two of the trial on match-fixing in German football for a betting ring.

21 October 2005

BERLIN - Former referee Robert Hoyzer, who is charged with involvement in 11 cases of corruption, faced serious accusations from a fellow-accused Thursday on day two of the trial on match-fixing in German football for a betting ring.

Croat Ante Sapina, who is charged with 42 criminal offences as the suspected ring leader, and who is the only suspect still in custody, said Hoyzer had asked him in May 2004 "what it's worth to you if Paderborn win at the weekend".

Sapina, 29, told the court that he took up the offer and paid Hoyzer 8,000 euros to ensure that Paderborn led their third division game against Chemnitz at half- and full-time.

However, when Hoyzer tried to give a penalty to Paderborn shortly before half-time during the game on May 22, 2004 with the score standing at 0-0 referee's assistant Inka Mueller intervened to prevent it.

Hoyzer had to return the 8,000 euros as a result.

Sapina also claimed that a drunken Hoyzer had told him that he had been offered 5,000 euros to throw another third division match in 2003.

However, Hoyzer's lawyer Thomas Hermes confronted Sapina over his testimony.

"Ante is putting everything forward as if Hoyzer nearly forced him in manipulation. This portrayal doesn't surprise us but you will get another version from Robert Hoyzer in the coming days," he said.

Sapina also claimed his brothers Milan and Filip, who face charges alongside another former referee Dominik Marks and ex-player Steffen Karl, had only a minimal involvement in the affair.

The six are charged with having fixed or attempted to fix a total 23 games in Germany and Turkey. Ante Sapina allegedly made 2 million euros from the fixed games.

Hoyzer has said he received 70,000 euros for the fixing schemes.

DPA

Subject: German news

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