In 2012, Nikola and Luka Karabatic played for Montpellier. Surprisingly Montpellier lost a match on the French League against a weaker team, Cesson-Rennes. The difference was unusually big for the opponent, and the famous brothers were accused of betting fraud (match-fixing).
Previously, Nikola and Luka Karabatic have received a fine of 10,000 euros and two months conditional prison, but now they received further punishments: Nikola Karabatic gets six games suspension, while Luka Karabatic gets two.
The Disciplinary Committee of the French Handball Federation pronounces the sentence:
“They are both known guilty of conduct that does not comply with the principles and ethical rules of the handball”
According to several media, the brothers are released cheaply, as they risked two-year suspension from all handball – including an exclusion from the French national team. The newly measured suspension can even be reduced by two matches, if they choose to perform twenty-hour community service. In addition, the suspension does not affect the coming final round.
Nikola and Luka Karabatic can appeal the verdict within 7 days.