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Football Referee Recommended for Suspended Prison Term for Match-Fixing


Prosecutors have recommended that judges give a suspended sentence to football referee Robert Hoyzer and a prison term to the man who masterminded the German match-fixing scheme.

At the trial of Hoyzer in Berlin Tuesday, prosecutors asked that the 26-year-old referee, who admitted taking bribes to fix matches, be given a two-year sentence suspended over three years.

They also asked that ringleader Ante Sapina be sent to prison for 35 months. Prosecutors want suspended sentences of 14 months and 12 months, respectively, for Sapina's bothers, Milan and Filip.

But the prosecution asked for a two-year prison sentence for another former referee, Dominik Marks. They requested a tougher penalty for him because Marks disputed his role in the scheme and has shown no remorse.

Verdicts in the case are expected on Thursday. The defendants could have faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Hoyzer has already been banned for life by the German football federation.

Former player Steffen Karl's trial is continuing separately, following his denial of any match-fixing charges.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.

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