Friday, December 28, 2007

Football corruption suspects released on bail

Two directors of Poland’s National Sports Centre, Krzysztof S and Tadeusz M, arrested on charges of corruption within Polish football, were released on bail as far back as 18 December, Rzeczpospolita has just learned.

The directors were arrested in June after a sting operation by the anti-corruption agency. According to Rzeczpospolita, evidence by officers from the agency led to the arrest of former sport’s minister Tomasz Lipiec.

On 18 December the prosecution appealed to the court to offer terms of bail and impose restriction of movement on the directors of the national sports centre.

Minister of Justice Zbigniew Cwiakalski told the daily that he, too, has just learnt of the men’s release, although he added that he does not, in law, have to be informed about each individual case.

Over 70 officials, managers and players have been arrested in connection with wide spread corruption within Polish football leagues.