The Whistle-Blower

What’s German for cheat? Football fans have decided: Every time a referee makes a bad call these days, the stands erupt with chants of “Hoy-zer! Hoy-zer! Hoy-zer!” Two weeks ago, German national-league referee Robert Hoyzer admitted fixing matches in 2003 and 2004. Hoyzer, 25, allegedly received j50,000 and a plasma TV to fix four matches by inventing penalties and sending off a player who complained. But that was just the start of a series of revelations that make this Germany’s worst football-betting scandal in 34 years—tarnishing the country’s image just as it prepares to host the 2006 World Cup....

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