Rene Schnitzler has admitted to accepting bribes while playing for St Pauli in the 2. Bundesliga. He has denied ever influencing a match.Former St Pauli striker Rene Schnitzler has admitted to accepting bribes to fix 2. Bundesliga matches, but has denied ever influencing a result.
Speaking to Stern magazine, the 25-year-old admitted to having accepted more than €100,000 to influence the results of away matches against Mainz (twice), Hansa Rostock, Augsburg and Duisburg in 2008. The money came from a man named 'Paul', who is suspected to be the Dutch betting mafia man known as 'Paul R'.
Schnitzler maintained that he played normally in each of the five matches, and only played the full 90 minutes once. He went on to admit a gambling addiction that has haunted him for seven years.
"Since I was 18 years old, hardly a day passed that I did not gamble," he admitted.
After leaving St Pauli in 2009, Schnitzler spent a brief stint in Belgium before moving to German fifth-tier club Wegberg-Beeck.