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Last Updated: Friday, 29 April, 2005, 11:02 GMT 12:02 UK
German bribe ref banned for life
Robert Hoyzer
The German Football Association has banned referee Robert Hoyzer for life for his part in the country's match-fixing scandal.

Hoyzer has admitted fixing and attempting to fix a series of matches after receiving bribes of 67,000 euros from a betting gang.

The 25-year-old official confessed to fixing four matches for money from a Croatian gambling ring.

He was arrested in Berlin in February before being released on police bail.

Hoyzer was revealed to have fixed the match which saw Hamburg knocked out of the German cup by Paderborn.

The match, which led to the sacking of Hamburg coach Klaus Toppmoller, saw some odd decisions by Hoyzer, including the sending off of the club's striker Emile Mpenza for no apparent reason.

Rainer Koch, of the German football federation DFB, said: "Hoyzer has caused serious damage to German football in general and German referees in particular for which we have only one sanction within the sport.

"He will still have to appear in a court of law but that is separate from this judgement."

Since admitting his guilt, Hoyzer has received death threats following television appearances explaining how he doctored matches.

The disgraced official is currently working on his autobiography and has vowed to return to the football world.


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