Fix is off | German judge clamps down on Hoyzer

Berlin | Presiding judge Gerti Kramer has ignored prosecutors’ requests for a suspended sentence and given match-fixing referee Robert Hoyzer a 29-month jail term. Hoyzer will remain free on appeal and plans to write a book. Hoyzer “violated his important duty of neutrality,” said Kramer on handing down the sentence. Prosecutors have appealed an 18-month suspended sentence awarded to referee Dominik Marks, who, unlike Hoyzer, had not cooperated in the investigation. Looming over the forthcoming World Cup finals next summer is an ongoing investigation of an additional 19 players and referees.

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