German match fixing investigation leads to Dutch man’s arrest
A Dutch man was arrested in Germany on January 9th for involvement in match fixing, the Bochum public prosecutor confirmed to the Volkskrant. "I can say that we arrested a resident of the Netherlands. We suspect him of match fixing, which is called fraud in the indictment", the prosecutor said to the newspaper. The German prosecutor would not say anything on the man's identity. But Volkskrant sources say it is 41-year-old Daniel van 't H. Along with another Dutchman, Paul R., he is suspected of manipulating three matches of second division club Sankt Pauli in 2008. One of the incriminating statements against Van 't H. was made by former Sankt Pauli striker Rene Scnitzler. Schnitzler stated that Paul R. paid him 60 thousand euros in the Netherlandsto lose intentionally. After one match did not go according to plan, Van 't H. threatened him and told him to do as he is told or they would bind him to a beach post during low tide and wait for the tide to rise. Paul R. played an important role in an international gambling syndicate. He was acquitted by the court in Bochum in April last year because agreements and payments were made abroad, which means that the German law did not apply to them. According to the newspaper, that may also be a problem in this case. Daniel van 't H. is also a suspect in a criminal case in the Netherlands. He was arrested in February last year for money laundering and large-scale organization of illegal football betting. The Public Prosecutor is investigating whether he manipulated two Dutch first division matches in 2009. He was released from custody in May 2015.