Former referees charged with match-fixing

JERUSALEM: Israeli prosecutors have filed charges against 13 people, including two ex-referees and two ex-linesmen, following a lengthy police investigation into alleged match-fixing. 

Prosecutors presented their cases at three separate courts on Monday with nine of the 13 charged in Hadera. Among the nine are two former referees – Yohanan Cibutaru and Sabi Elnekaveh and two ex-FIFA-accredited linesmen – Barik Tahsin and Haim Mirovsky. 

According to prosecutors, the four men, together with the five others, who include former Hapoel Tel Aviv international defender Eli Cohen, conspired to take and give bribes to fix results for illegal betting rings. 

They are said to have staged incidents such as awarding penalties and yellow and red cards during a small number of matches in the top two divisions between 1997-2000. 

Three other officials were charged in Tel Aviv for allegedly committing similar offences between 1998-2000. A 13th man, a former player from a minor club, was charged in Nazareth with aiding and abetting in the passing of bribes. 

Trials are expected to start before the end of the year. – Reuters 

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