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Football: Second Referee Arrested in German Match-Fixing Scandal


A second referee has been arrested in Germany's match-fixing scandal on suspicion of rigging three games.

The Berlin prosecutor's office says Dominik Marks was arrested in front of his Berlin apartment on suspicion of fraud, plotting a crime and money laundering.

German referee Robert Hoyzer, who has already admitted his involvement in the match-fixing scheme, had named Marks as one of three other referees connected with the betting scam. The three have denied manipulating the matches to make money from a Croatian betting syndicate.

Marks has already been suspended by the German Federation and is suspected of taking $9,300 from the syndicate. The three Croatian brothers who allegedly masterminded the scheme also have been arrested.

In addition to allegedly fixing three games, Marks is suspected of offering to rig another match.

The scandal has embarrassed German football a little over a year before it hosts the World Cup.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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