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German court overturns sentences in Europe's biggest soccer match-fixing case, orders retrial

A German court has ordered a partial retrial for two Croatian men found guilty last year in European soccer's biggest match-fixing scandal.

The Federal Court in Karlsruhe is sending the case back to a lower court after finding faults in the original trial.

Ante Sapina and Marijo Cvrtak both had been sentenced to 5½ years in prison for their part in the manipulation of more than 20 games including a World Cup qualifying match in 2009.

The men earned millions from bets on the fixed matches.

The Karlsruhe judges on Thursday said the regional court in Bochum that first heard the case should take into account further arguments counting for and against the men.

The so-called Sapina case rattled Europe's soccer establishment and sparked prosecutions across the continent.