French handball star Karabatic fined over illegal betting

Published Jul. 10, 2015 10:27 a.m. ET

PARIS (AP) France's biggest handball star Nikola Karabatic and his brother have been ordered to pay thousands of euros in fines for involvement in illegal betting.

Karabatic, a multiple world and Olympic gold medalist, and younger brother Luka were among several players banned by the French handball league two years ago for betting on the result of a match in which their Montpellier club lost to a struggling team.

Montpellier had already secured the title so could easily afford the 28-31 loss to Cesson-Rennes.

A court in Montpellier on Friday fined Nikola Karabatic 10,000 euros and his brother Luka 15,000 euros, but gave no prison sentences, according to a court official. Their lawyer Jean-Robert Nguyen-Phung said on France-Info radio that he would appeal.

Other players were also handed fines.