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AusFootball2010-05-10 15:58:22 +0000 #1
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A Croatian man admitted his guilt overnight in a 2 million euro ($A3.29 million) German match-fixing scam which has deeply embarrassed football authorities preparing to host next year's World Cup.

"Regarding the charges in the indictment, I wish to say that they are essentially true," Ante Sapina, 29, told a Berlin court after prosecutors accused him of leading a criminal betting gang that rigged, or tried to rig, 23 matches.

Together with his brothers Milan and Filip, German referees Robert Hoyzer and Dominik Marks and former first division player Steffen Karl, he is charged with organised fraud in Germany's biggest match-fixing scandal for 30 years.

"All of the accused wanted to create a continuous and not insubstantial income source through their share of the winnings or payments from Ante Sapina," prosecutor Thorsten Cloidt told the court.

Among the catalogue of charges, Sapina is accused of betting 240,000 euro ($A394,415) and winning 870,000 euro ($A1.43 million) on a single match, a second division game between Karlsruher SC and MSV Duisburg on December 3, 2004 which Duisburg won 3-0 with Marks refereeing.

In another match, Hoyzer awarded regional league side Paderborn two penalties as they came from two goals down to knock out first division Hamburg SV in the first round of the German Cup. He also sent off Hamburg striker Emile Mpenza.

Ante Sapina made more than 750,000 euro ($A1.23 million) from Paderborn's 4-2 victory, according to the indictment.

Thats unlike the Croats, they have always been fair and rational and then I read this! Whats going on!


davor_suker2010-05-10 16:03:51 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by ***********

Thats unlike the Croats, they have always been fair and rational and then I read this! Whats going on!

Thats pretty sour, even if that is old news.

You obviously posted that with intent, but hey thats alright, take away Viduka, Culina Kalac and the rest and then look at what will happen to the socceroos.

You need us, so shut the ***k up, i dont see any convict player tearing up any league.
AusFootball2010-05-10 16:47:43 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by davor_suker

You need us, so shut the ***k up, i dont see any convict player tearing up any league.

what about Archie and Kewell (who was destroying premier league a while back)
davor_suker2010-05-10 16:53:02 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by ***********

what about Archie and Kewell (who was destroying premier league a while back)

Archie Thompson??? Give me a break. Hes doing alright in the A-League, before signing for a shitty Belgian team. Kewell did at one stage, but not anymore. He wont start for Livo when he gets back, Zenden is too good now.

Still doesnt change the fact half the Australian team is Croatian, and by the way ignorant people like you have been forcing them out of the country where their talents will be recognised and appreciated. You have missed out on Josip Simunic and Ante Seric, who are both great defenders. Simunic is actually regarded by many as the best there is in the Bundesliga. Don't forget Didulica too.

Dont forget Sasa Ilic who plays for Serbia and Montenegro. Vieri is another but I dont know the entire story with him.

Our dregs are propelling Australia. Least u could do is show some respect.
Mirko Mandic2010-05-10 16:59:58 +0000 #5
true that in the current state of perill in the socceroo's defense, the talents of Simunic and Seric would be great.

but he 3 brothers, i say good on 'em!, they have done one good thing with all this, brought foward how easy it is to rought the system.

2m Euro isnt a low amount of money, hell no convict would be smart enough to pull it off.

As for kewell HAH! he has been as we croat's say 'SRANJE' since he moved to Liverpool, his career might be over after the latest spell of injuries and Thompson, his skin colour don't look very Aussie and he almost a half DECENT striker at most BELOW AVARAGE, if that goes for AUSSIE talent, with out Croats and other ethnic's hell you would have trouble beating NZ.

I hope Ned Zelic don't come back for Aus.
Hercegovac2010-05-10 16:37:40 +0000 #6
Without Croats Australia wouldnt be able to have the game.... your A-league sucks and your players look like a bunch of AFL rejects trying to play another sport.

popisana raca!
SiN2010-05-10 17:13:10 +0000 #7
i agree wid u on that man, the a-league is nothing without the cros and wogs...they standard of play is unberable and not exciting nemore
Hercegovac2010-05-10 18:43:41 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by SiN

i agree wid u on that man, the a-league is nothing without the cros and wogs...they standard of play is unberable and not exciting nemore

I would rather watch wa premier league than A league least i know its not racist and its equal.

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