Four men are on trial in the biggest match-fixing scandal to hit European soccer. They're accused of bribing players and referees to fix matches, helping them to win more than a million euros by betting on the games.
German second division matches may have been fixed
Hoyzer was jailed for his involvement in match-fixing
Wire taps revealed that Ante S. was implicated in this new betting scandal. He was one of the key figures in the 2005 Bundesliga match-fixing scandal that landed referee Robert Hoyzer in prison.
Ante S. has been detained since 2009 and is expected to be one of the prosecution's main witnesses in its case against the four defendants.
DFB keenly interested
With the outcomes of around 270 European matches being called into question, the German Soccer Association (DFB) is keen to tighten its regulations.
"We're watching the trial closely in the hope of reaching absolute clarity," said Wolfgang Niersbach, the general secretary of the DFB.
The charges were expected to be read out later on Wednesday and pleas are to be heard at a later date. The trial is expected to last until at least Oct. 28.
Author: Natalia Dannenberg, Gabriel Borrud (dpa/SID)
Editor: Chuck Penfold