Soccer

Convicted match-fixer Sapina goes on new trial

BOCHUM, Germany (AP) — 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. 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.