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Referee in Football Match-Fixing Scandal Released from Berlin Prison


A referee arrested in Germany's football match-fixing scandal has been released after nearly a month in a Berlin prison.

Dominik Marks had to post bail and surrender his passport before being freed Wednesday. The prosecutors' office said he is still being investigated on three counts of fraud and attempted money laundering.

Marks is suspected of fixing three third-division games, including a match that has been ordered replayed by the German football federation. Marks denies all allegations.

He was the second referee to be taken into custody. Robert Hoyzer, who admitted receiving bribes to fix games for a ring of gamblers, was held for two weeks in February. Hoyzer is cooperating in the case and he told authorities about Marks.

German officials are investigating 25 people, including 14 players and four referees, on suspicion of manipulating at least 10 games, mostly in lower divisions.

The three Croatian brothers who allegedly masterminded the scheme also have been arrested.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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