Soccer Notes: FIFA could ban Turkey from 2010 World Cup for fight after match

ZURICH, Switzerland — Turkey could be banned by FIFA from the 2010 World Cup for its part in a fight after a playoff match against Switzerland in Istanbul.

"We will act tough," Sepp Blatter, president of world soccer's governing body, said Thursday. "The catalogue of sanctions extends from a simple warning to suspension of the federation, which could mean exclusion from the next international event."

The teams tied 4-4 on aggregate Wednesday, but the Swiss advanced to next year's World Cup in Germany on away goals.

After the final whistle, the teams raced from the field and there was scuffle between players in the tunnel on the way to the locker room. Swiss defender Stephane Grichting was hurt in the brawl and hospitalized with a groin injury.

"It was unbelievable," Swiss midfielder Raphael Wicky said on the Web site of his German club, Hamburger SV. "Turkish players and security guards started hitting us. I was hit on the head and the back."

Referee sentenced

BERLIN — The referee who took bribes to fix soccer games in Germany was convicted of fraud and sentenced to 29 months in prison.

The prosecution had recommended a suspended two-year sentence for Robert Hoyzer, 26, but judge Gerti Kramer sent the former referee to prison.

Ante Sapina, a Croatian gambler, was convicted of fraud and given 35 months in prison for masterminding the match-fixing scheme. Another former referee, Dominik Marks, was given a suspended 18-month sentence.

After first denying the match-fixing allegations, Hoyzer admitted in January that he took money from a betting syndicate to fix games, mostly in lower German divisions.


• A Bosnian referee could be banned from soccer for a year after he knocked out a player Wednesday who disagreed with one of his calls.

Dusko Pekija was officiating a match between FC Sarajevo and FC Zeljeznicar when Sarajevo players, unhappy at not being awarded a penalty kick, attacked him. Pekija hit Samir Saric, knocking him out for several minutes. Saric also could be banned for a year.

• The Bahrain Football Association asked FIFA to annul its World Cup playoff loss to Trinidad and Tobago because of a disallowed goal.

Association vice president Sheik Ali Al Khalifa said Bahrain sent an official complaint to FIFA at the end of Wednesday's 1-0 defeat after a late goal by Hussain Ali was disallowed.