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French handball star on trial in betting case

June 15, 2015

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — French handball star Nikola Karabatic is standing trial for fraud over his suspected involvement in a betting case.

The trial opened Monday in the southern city of Montpellier and is expected to last two weeks.

Karabatic, a multiple world and Olympic gold medalist, and younger brother Luka were among a group of players banned by the French handball league two years ago for betting on the result of a match in which their Montpellier club, which had already secured the title, lost to a struggling team.

Other former or current Montpellier players facing trial include Mladen Bojinovic, Samuel Honrubia, Dragan Gagic, Primoz Prost, Issam Tej and Mickael Robin.

Karabatic, who now plays for Barcelona, has denied placing bets on the match that Montpellier lost 31-28 to Cesson-Rennes.

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