Soccer BallLast year, Robert Hoyzer went on trial for rigging German soccer games that he refereed. Hoyzer was sentenced to 29 months. His conviction was upheld this morning following his appeal of the sentence.

The federal appeals court rejected the prosecution’s request to overturn the convictions. Prosecutor Hartmut Schneider had argued that match-fixing could not be legally prosecuted as fraud.

I certainly agree that cheating and abusing his power is certainly a form a fraud, and I am glad that Hoyzer’s prison term was vindicated in the appeals process. The man behind the match fixing, Ante Sapina, was given a 35 month sentence.

(Source: ESPN Soccer Net)