Thursday, September 27, 2007

Corruption charges for 34 club officials at Arka Gdynia

Corruption charges have been filed against 34 officials at Arka Gdynia, which plays in the Polish second division.

"It is Poland's first indictment against a criminal group active inside Polish soccer," Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said Friday, adding that the charges were "well documented."

Across Poland, some 100 soccer officials and players, including two members of the national soccer federation, have faced charges in the match-fixing case that began in May 2005.

Arka Gdynia, in the Baltic city of Gdynia, was demoted in the course of the investigation, and the club's president and team coach are among the 34 facing charges.

"Through hierarchy and club rules, a criminal group introduced corruption there," Ziobro said.