Federation switches linesman before match

The German soccer federation has switched a linesman for a third-division game at short notice because his name is reportedly mentioned in the match-fixing investigation.

The federation says 22-year-old linesman Thorben Siewer has been replaced by another linesman for Saturday’s third-division game between Osnabrueck and Wacker Burghausen.

The move is “purely precautionary,” according to the federation, which says it has information that Siewer’s name is mentioned in case files of Bochum prosecutors who are leading an investigation into match-fixing across Europe.

The prosecutors have not given any names of the people suspected of the manipulation of 200 matches on behalf of an international betting syndicate.