Convicted soccer match-fixer starts new trial

Convicted match-fixer Ante Sapina began a new trial Wednesday

following his appeal against a conviction in what was described as

Europe’s biggest match-fixing scandal.

Sapina was sentenced in May 2011 to 5 1/2 years in prison, but

he appealed. Germany’s top appeals court returned parts of the case

to the Bochum court.

Co-defendant Marijo Cvrtak, who received the same sentence, also

is standing a retrial.

Sapina and Cvrtak were among six men charged with manipulating

matches across Europe, and the two confessed to fixing more than 20

games. They earned more than $3.28 million each by betting on

manipulated games, mostly in Asian establishments.

Sapina had a conviction for a similar betting scandal in 2005

involving Bundesliga referee Robert Hoyzer.