DFB and Hoyzer reach settlement to end match-fixing affair

Frankfurt - The match fixing scandal that disrupted German football in 2005 is set to come to an end after disgraced referee Robert Hoyzer and Germany's ruling football body DFB agreed on a compensation package.

The DFB said on Friday that Hoyzer has acknowledged that he owes the DFB 750,000 euros (1.12 million dollars) in compensation for manipulating German lower league and cup games in 2004.

In terms of the settlement, which has to be ratified by a Berlin court, Hoyzer will have to pay the DFB 126,000 euros, payable in monthly instalments of 700 euros over a period of 15 years, from 2010 onwards, at the latest.

The DFB will then free Hoyzer from paying the rest of the amount if he has paid in time over the 15 years and fulfils other conditions in the settlement, such as making no profit from his wrongdoings.

"I am happy that this case could be finalised in this way. The DFB had no choice but to sue for compensation because Mr Hoyzer intentionally manipulated and caused our federation substantial economic damage on top of image damage," said DFB boss Theo Zwanziger.

Hoyzer was sentenced to 29 months imprisonment in November 2005 for rigging mainly lower-league matches and cup matches for a betting ring in Germany's biggest football scandal in three decades which came shortly ahead of the 2006 World Cup in the country.

The DFB then sued Hoyzer to recover 1.8 million euros in damages. The DFB had to pay SV Hamburg 1.5 million euros after Hoyzer manipulated a German cup game that the Bundesliga club lost 4-2 at lower-league Paderborn.

He admitted later that he had received 67,000 euros and a plasma television set from the betting ring for his efforts.

Zwanziger said the money from Hoyzer will go to charity. He said the settlement also allows Hoyzer a new start in life once his prison term is over.

Hoyzer started the prison term in July 2007 after a court in late 2006 confirmed the original ruling. (dpa)