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DFB Says Lifetime Ban for Referee Hoyzer Punishment Enough


Referee Robert Hoyzer, who triggered Germany's biggest match-fixing scandal in more than 30 years, will not be fined by the German football federation (DFB).

The federation said Wednesday that a lifetime ban for Hoyzer was punishment enough and withdrew its application for a $65,000 fine. In January, Hoyzer admitted receiving $87,000 from Croatian gamblers to fix games they bet on. He has confessed to manipulating four games and trying to fix three others.

Berlin prosecutors are investigating 25 people, including four referees and 14 players, suspected of fixing at least 10 games, mostly in lower divisions.

The 25-year-old Hoyzer has not been charged, but he remains under investigation for fraud. If convicted, he could receive up to 10 years in prison.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP, Reuters.