posted on Feb, 3 2005 @ 06:36 PM
Robert Hoyzer, the referee at the centre of Germany's latest football scandal, fixed or attempted to fix seven matches in the cup or lower leagues.And
Germany Football Association (DFB) has identified Kaiserslautern's 3-0 victory over SC Freiburg in November as the top flight game under suspicion.
"We are talking about organised crime here," said Bundesliga chief Werner Hackmann after receiving a report from Berlin prosecutors,.
The Bundesliga first division match between Kaiserslautern and Freiburg, played on November 27, 2004, was refereed by Juergen Jansen, who has been
implicated in the case by Robert Hoyzer but denies any involvement. Hoyzer had named two more referees, Dominik Marks and Felix Zwayer, the DFB said.
Marks and Jansen are suspected of seeking to manipulate the results of two matches each. Of the four referees now connected with the case, only Jansen
works in the top division of the Bundesliga, Germany's Football League.
"Naturally, the three referees will not be used until this is cleared up," said the DFB's refereeing chief Volker Roth.
"However, we work on the principle of presumption of innocence. If their innocence in this matter is established naturally they will return."
DFB spokesman Harald Stenger said the two matches under suspicion regarding Jansen were the Kaiserslautern-Freiburg first division game and the second
division match between Dynamo Dresden and Unterhaching on November 21. The two matches refereed by Marks were between Karlsruhe and Duisburg in the
second division and the regional league game between Hertha Berlin Amateurs and Arminia Bielefeld Amateurs. The DFB said it is satisfied after reading
the report that the 25-year-old Hoyzer fixed four games and had failed in two more attempts to manipulate results to favour betting on the games.
On one other occasion Hoyzer did not have to intervene to achieve the desired result, the DFB said. One of Hoyzer's successful "fixes" was first
division Hamburg SV's 4-2 defeat by regional league side SC Paderborn in the first round of the German Cup, the game that sparked the country's most
serious match-fixing case since 1971. Prosecutors raided houses across the country yesterday as they widened their investigation into the case. A
total of 25 people are suspected of manipulating at least 10 matches to favour betting on the games.
As well as referees, the investigation now covers several individuals linked to two brothers identified by the initial "S", whom media reports have
identified as Croatian gamblers. It also covers 14 players from second division and regional league clubs LR Ahlen, Chemnitzer FC, Energie Cottbus,
Dynamo Dresden, Kickers Offenbach and SC Paderborn. The DFB said it is working closely with a company called Betradar.com to establish an
early-warning system to prevent further cases and would sign a contract with the company soon.