Friday, August 05, 2005

Polish party vows crackdown on soccer corruption should it win election

A Polish political party has pledged to eliminate corruption in the country's soccer leagues should it win next month's national election.

Poland has recently been affected by several soccer game-rigging scandals, with the head of one club, GKS Katowice, confessing that he has bribed referees and players in order to fix matches for years.

The Civic Platform is intent on "eliminating all individuals who participated in corruption from the sport permanently and relegating all teams who engage in the act to the lowest league," party secretary Grzegorz Schetyna told The Associated Press.

Schetnya said the scale of match-fixing in Poland is larger than elsewhere in Europe and that the entire system is corrupted.