UEFA plumbing Greek link in match-fixing

FRANKFURT (AFP) – The Robert Hoyzer match-fixing scandal has now spread from Germany to Greece with soccer’s European governing body UEFA confirming yesterday they are investigating a UEFA Cup match between Panionios and Dynamo Tblisi last December. Athens side Panionios defeated Georgian opponents Tblisi 5-2 at home at its Nea Ionia ground and corrupt referee Hoyzer claims the Croatian mafia brothers, who have since been arrested, bet on Tblisi winning at halftime and Panionios at full-time. Hoyzer, who has also been arrested, admitted to fixing four matches for financial gain but is actually being probed for a total of 63 matches. «People appear to be manipulating matches outside of Germany and FIFA (soccer’s world governing body) will discuss that in the next meeting,» confirmed FIFA Vice President Angel Maria Villar Llona.

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