Thursday, December 06, 2007

Poland sport officials tried on corruption

State prosecutors have filed corruption charges at a court in southwestern Poland against 22 people in an alleged soccer fixing scam.

The Wroclaw court opened preliminary hearings to be followed by a trial late next week, Polish Radio said Thursday.

If convicted, the accused face a maximum 5 years in jail.

The 22 accused were part of a group of 34 people, including soccer club managers, coaches, activists and soccer judges, charged with participating in an organized crime ring.

The charges involve accepting and giving bribes, and fixing match results.

Inquiries in the giant corruption scandal in the Polish soccer union has been under way for two years.

Prosecutors have been working on charges against about 100 people, the report said.