German Bundesliga club St. Pauli reacted with shock after a former player said he accepted $133,100 to fix five games in 2008 when the club was in the second division.
Rene Schnitzler told Stern magazine he accepted the money from a Dutchman working with a betting outfit but denied influencing any matches, only two of which he played in.
"Even when no manipulation has taken place, it is a kick in the face,” St. Pauli spokesman Christian Boenig. “We didn’t notice anything conspicuous and neither did the other players, had we done so we would have reported it. But it’s a very uneasy feeling when a player whom we’ve discussed tactics with and worked with in private is connected with the betting mafia. We knew Rene had problems and we had offered him help, but we were not aware they were so deep.”
Schnitzler said he was addicted to gambling: “Since I was 18, there has hardly been a day when I did not bet."