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Convicted soccer match-fixer starts new trial

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BOCHUM, Germany (AP) -- Convicted match-fixer Ante Sapina began a new trial Wednesday following his appeal against a conviction in what was described as Europe's biggest match-fixing scandal.

Sapina was sentenced in May 2011 to 5 1/2 years in prison, but he 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 $3.28 million each by betting on manipulated games, mostly in Asian establishments.

Sapina had a conviction for a similar betting scandal in 2005 involving Bundesliga referee Robert Hoyzer.

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