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Football:  German Referee Admits to Fixing Matches


German football referee Robert Hoyzer has admitted he helped fix matches in the largest scandal to hit German football in 34 years.

Hoyzer said the fixing allegations against him are true and he apologized to the German Football Federation. Hoyzer, 25, said he fixed the result of non-league SC Paderborn's 4-2 win over Hamburg in the German Cup last year.

He also admitted manipulating the results of at least four other matches and making tens of thousands of dollars for doing so. He had previously denied fixing any matches.

There have been suggestions that Hoyzer was working with organized crime figures from Croatia. One such crime figure is said to have made hundreds of thousands of dollars in bets.

The German Federation said that to avoid similar problems in the future, it will announce referee assignments only two days before matches instead of 10 days. It said it also will expand its system of monitoring games and referee performances.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.

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