Sunday, December 23, 2007

Widzew Lodz and Zaglebie Lubin football clubs named in corruption scandal

Two Polish football clubs Widzew L?dz and Zaglebie Lubin have heard charges of fixing match results for bribes in a high profile corruption case.

The allegations are in respect of the seasons four years ago when the teams played in the Polish second league.

According to the evidence in possession of the Prosecutor’s Office in Wroclaw, Zaglebie Lubin is guilty of setting up 9 games in the 2003/04 season, when the club made its way to the first league.

Widzew L?dz is guilty of the same in the 2004/05 season, having illegally arranged results of 12 matches. In that season, the L?dz team nearly achieved promotion to the first league, but lost against Odra Wodzislaw in the play-offs.

“We have invited representatives of Widzew and Zaglebe for the next hearing on 3 January 2008 to provide explanations. A verdict should not be expected before January 10”, says Robert Zawlocki, Polish Football Association (PZPN) deputy, quoted on the web site.