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.