Probe launched into possible Bundesliga match fixing

Investigations have been launched into possible match fixing in Germany's Bundesliga to profit a betting ring, after allegations were published at the weekend.

Probe launched into possible Bundesliga match fixing

The Bundesliga (DFL) and the German Football Association (DFB) say they are both looking into claims that two 2005 games were manipulated in favour of massive bets.

Spiegel Online reported allegations on Saturday that a first league match between Hannover 96 and 1. FC Kaiserslautern, and a second division match between Karlsruher SC and Sportfreunde Siegen were suspect – and that several million euros were bet on the games.

Suspicions were raised by Canadian journalist Declan Hill, whose book about betting rings is published in German next week.

He says the 2006 World Cup knock-out match between Brazil and Ghana in Dortmund was influenced by an Asian betting syndicate.

The syndicate, run by William Bee Wah Lim, was exposed for trying to influence several games in the German regional league and the Austrian first league. He was jailed for more than two years by a Frankfurt court in 2005.

The two new matches under scrutiny had not until now been considered suspicious.

But a 208-page document showing Lim’s internet betting network shows a number of personal connections between him and the Kaiserslautern, Karlsruher and Siegen teams.

A joint statement from the DFL and DFB said that steps had been taken to engage an investigation firm to check betting movements. It also said, “Should it be necessary, the DFB legal committee will start immediate investigations, and make its decisions. Furthermore, the DFB and league association will, as in the past, support the responsible criminal authorities in their work should that be requested.”

German football is still reeling from the most serious crisis in its history in 2004 when

referee Robert Hoyzer admitted having received €70,000 to influence the results of 23 matches, mainly second and third division games in 2004.


Teenage footballer dies after brawl with French players in Germany

A 15-year-old footballer from Berlin died on Wednesday after he was seriously injured in a fight with players from a French team at an international youth tournament, police said.

Teenage footballer dies after brawl with French players in Germany

The teenager “died in hospital as a result of his severe brain injuries” after being hit on the head in the altercation in Frankfurt on Sunday, local police said in a statement.

A 16-year-old player from the French team was arrested following the fight and was still being held in custody, police said.

The brawl occurred following the final whistle in a game between the victim’s side JFC Berlin and a team from French second-division club Metz.

Investigators were still looking at the “detailed sequence of events” which led to the young player’s injuries, they said.

The victim was seemingly hit “on the head or neck” before he “fell to the floor and had to be resuscitated”, police said in a separate statement Tuesday.

The victim, already declared brain dead on Tuesday, was kept on life support so his organs could be donated, a spokeswoman for the Frankfurt prosecutor’s office said.

French club Metz said Tuesday it was “profoundly shocked” by the events at the tournament in Frankfurt.

Metz confirmed that a player from its “Performance Programme”, a scheme which gives “young footballers… from all over the world access to a high-level training structure”, was being held by German authorities.

The suspected attacker “denies having deliberately caused serious bodily harm”, the club said.

The tournament organisers also said Tuesday they were shocked by the events, describing them as “unbelievably sad”.