German FA suspend official over match-fixing

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The German Football Association have suspended an assistant referee suspected of fixing matches.

The official in question is Cetin Sevinc, who has acted as an assistant five times in the second division this season, the DFB confirmed in a statement today.

Sevinc has also acted as referee in five regional league matches this season.

"The DFB will for the time being not longer use Cetin Sevinc as a referee or an assistant," the statement read.

"This precautionary suspension has become necessary because of the fact that Bochum prosecutors are supposed to have started investigations against the 27-year-old because of possible match manipulation."

DFB vice president Rainer Koch added: "We have already been informed about the suspicion against Cetin Sevinc and have made all our relevant information to the Bochum prosecutors.

"Of course the presumption of innocence applies for Mr Sevinc, but as long as the investigations against him are not closed, we will no longer call upon him for the protection of him and the current competition."