The referee for today’s match is German Felix Zwayer.

Normally, the appointment of an impartial match official for a match like this wouldn’t cause too much fuss. But this one has already taken up quite a few column inches.

That’s because Zwayer has ties to match-fixing dating back to 2004. In 2006, he was given a six-month suspension by his country’s football association (DFB) after working as an assistant referee alongside Robert Hoyzer.

Zwayer was one of the officials who exposed Hoyzer’s match-fixing plot and Hoyzer was banned for life. Zwayer has always denied any involvement in Hoyzer’s fixing of Wuppertal’s match against Werder Bremen II in 2004 and a DFB investigation found no evidence that he had made any decisions to change the outcome of the match.

However, he was found to have accepted a payment of €300 from Hoyzer and was suspended for six months for not refusing the offer and then not properly reporting it. Zwayer’s ban by the DFB was not made public until Die Zeit published a report 10 years later.


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