BOCHUM, Germany — Convicted match-fixer Ante Sapina went on a new trial Wednesday following his appeal against a conviction in what was at the time described as Europe's biggest match-fixing scandal.
Sapina was sentenced in May 2011 to 5½ years in prison but appealed. Germany's top appeals court returned parts of the case to the Bochum court.
Ante Sapina, convicted to five and a half years in jail for match-fixing in Europe's biggest sport betting scandal, opens the door of the courtroom where he expects a retrial in Bochum, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Co-defendant Marijo Cvrtak, who received the same sentence, also is standing a retrial.
Sapina and Cvrtak were among six men charged with manipulating matches across Europe and the two confessed to fixing more than 20 games. They earned more than 2.3 million euros ($3.28 million) each by betting on manipulated games, mostly in Asian establishments.
Sapina had a prior conviction for involvement in a similar betting scandal in 2005 involving Bundesliga referee Robert Hoyzer.
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