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Eight men charged with fraud over match-fixing allegations

Eight men charged with fraud over match-fixing allegations

Eight men have been charged with fraud over allegations they tried to bribe players in Germany's lower divisions and Austria's top league to fix matches.
A 45-year-old unnamed Asian man and his 24-year-old Lebanese accomplice are accused of being the ringleaders in trying to fix 10 games on behalf of Asian bettors, Frankfurt prosecutor Silke Huettig said Thursday.
A former Serbian player and coach, two African players, and a Portuguese and German man complete the group. None of their names have been released.
The two ringleaders, who have been under arrest since March, allegedly attempted to fix games in 2005. An African third-division player who was approached alerted authorities to the scheme.
Last November in a separate match-fixing scheme, a Berlin court sentenced former referee Robert Hoyzer to two years and five months in prison and Croatian mastermind Ante Sapina to 35 months.
They were found guilty of being a part of a ring that fixed or attempted to fix 23 games, mostly in Germany's lower divisions.
Sapina's two brothers and another referee were given suspended sentences.


Updated : 2021-02-28 21:54 GMT+08:00