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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Trio held over Hoyzer scandal

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posted on Jan, 30 2005 @ 12:07 PM
The Berlin magistrate court has issued warrants for the arrest of three men connected with the Robert Hoyzer match-fixing scandal it was confirmed today.

The three suspects were taken into custody for questioning on Friday as over a hundred police were involved in searching four locations across Berlin simultaneously. A fourth man was also arrested but later released. The trio, reportedly brothers from Croatia, face between six months and ten years in prison for fraud, judge Michael Grunwald revealed on Sunday. Referee Hoyzer, 25, admitted to manipulating five football matches for financial gain last Thursday and was said to be working in collaboration with Croatian mafia circles in the German capital.

Two of the arrested men claim three Hertha Berlin players, Alexander Madlung, Angolan Nando Rafael and Croat Josip Simunic are also involved in match rigging. The 'Cafe King' in Berlin has been identified as the hub of the betting operation but the Hertha players claim the fact they went to the cafe is not significant.

"The last time I went to Cafe King was 18 months ago and I have nothing to do with all of this," claimed Simunic.

Madlung also protested his innocence, declaring: "I am not a big gambler and when I do it is not on matches I am involved in."

Striker Rafael also insists he is not involved in the match-fixing. The aformentioned trio are accused of fixing a second round cup match between Hertha and Eintracht Braunschweig on September 22 of last year. Regional side Braunschweig won 3-2 with defender Madlung scoring an own goal in the 80th minute to seal Hertha's defeat.

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posted on Jan, 30 2005 @ 12:22 PM
this is a truly sad story, it will be the innocent players and refs that will have to live in the shadows of this scandal, every call and every play will be looked at in a different light after this

posted on Jan, 30 2005 @ 04:51 PM
First player implicated in German soccer scandal

By ROY KAMMERER, Associated Press Writer
January 30, 2005
BERLIN (AP) -- The first soccer player was implicated in Germany's widening game-fixing scandal Sunday, and prosecutors charged three men arrested in the case with fraud.

A referee also was replaced for a first-division game Sunday after his name surfaced during the investigation. The German Soccer Federation called the move ``purely precautionary'' and said it did not suspect Juergen Jansen of fixing games.

Michael Born, the business manager of third-division SC Paderborn, confirmed to The Associated Press his team had informed the federation that one of its players was involved with the Croatian betting group allegedly behind the fixing.

Club president Wilfried Finke told Sportbild magazine his player was given money for Paderborn's 4-2 German Cup upset of Bundesliga team Hamburger SV in August. He did not identify the player.

``It's true that one of our players had contact with the betting group and took money,'' Finke said. ``After the game, he gave part of the money to his teammates.''

The game was one of at least four reported to have been rigged. The investigation centers on referee Robert Hoyzer, who is accused of accepting bribes from the betting group. Hoyzer refereed the Paderborn-Hamburg game, which was decided on two controversial penalty kicks.

After Hoyzer was questioned by authorities, police on Friday raided in four places in Berlin, including a cafe where the referee reportedly met with gamblers and bookmakers. Four men were arrested and three charged. Hoyzer was not among those arrested.

Michael Grunwald, spokesman for the state prosecutor's office, told the AP the three have been charged with ``a severe form of fraud'' and have not said anything about the case. They could face between six months and 10 years in jail if found guilty.

The scandal came to light when four referees tipped off authorities about possibly suspicious activities by Hoyzer. Those four refs were replaced Saturday, which the federation said was done for security. For Saturday's Bundesliga games, all referees were reassigned at the last moment.

Federation president Theo Zwanziger said his organization wants to act quickly in resolving a scandal that comes with Germany to hold the World Cup in a little more than a year.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported last week that Hoyzer admitted receiving money for rigging three games and also implicated players and other referees. He apparently has said no first division games were involved.

Hoyzer said he was present when other referees received money from the betting ring in Berlin and had heard of players getting paid, the Sueddeutsche and other newspapers reported.

Bundesliga head Werner Hackmann expects a decision within two weeks on whether any of the games in question will be replayed.

Numerous politicians called for harsh punishment for those found guilty.

``Every player and referee that has participated in the manipulation should be dealt a lifelong suspension,'' said Edmund Stoiber, the conservative governor of Bavaria. ``Germany has to be a believable host of next year's World Cup.''


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 to establish an early-warning system to prevent further cases and would sign a contract with the company soon.

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