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Football: German Referee Who Took Bribes Sentenced to More Than 2 Years in Prison

The German football (soccer) referee who took bribes to fix matches, Robert Hoyzer, has been sentenced to two years and five months in jail for his part in the match-fixing scandal.

Prosecutors had recommended a suspended sentence, but judge Gerti Kramer decided on jail time because Hoyzer's crimes were not " juvenile deeds but adult acts of serious weight."

Croatian gambler Ante Sapina was convicted of fraud and sentenced to 35 months in prison. Sapina's brothers Milan and Filip were given suspended sentences. Another former referee, Dominik Marks, was given an 18-month suspended sentence.

Hoyzer admitted in January that he took money from a gambling syndicate to fix games, mostly in lower divisions. He was banned for life from refereeing German matches and could have faced up to 10 years in prison.

The Sapina brothers reportedly made more than $2 million betting on fixed matches. Ante Sapina ran the gambling syndicate out of his Berlin cafe, where he first met Hoyzer. The referee admitted to receiving $78,000 and a big screen television from the Sapinas in exchange for fixing matches.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.