Saturday, March 29, 2008

Police detain Polonia Warsaw coach in connection with match-fixing allegations

Anti-corruption police detained Polonia Warsaw coach Dariusz Wdowczyk on Friday in connection with match-fixing allegations.

The 45-year-old Wdowczyk was held a day after four people - including a referee, an assistant coach of Wisla Krakow, and an assistant coach and an official from Kolporter Korona Kielce - were detained by officers, Poland Anti-Corruption Office spokesman Tomasz Fratczak said.

Fratczak said Wdowczyk will likely face corruption charges tied to rigged matches.

Wdowczyk, who played in 53 matches for Poland's national team as a central defender, coached Korona Kielce from 2002-04. He then led Legia Warsaw to a first-division title before moving across town to second-division club Polonia Warsaw.

Prosecutors have been investigating match-rigging allegations in Poland's domestic leagues since 2005, and have claimed that over 400 domestic matches were fixed.