Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Polish government not influencing Polish Football Association, says PM

Prime Minster Donald Tusk has said that he has no intention of influencing who will be the next president of the Polish Football Association (PZPN).

Polish Radio reported that Civic Platform (PO) MP Slawomir Nitras is a candidate for the head of PZPN. PM Tusk said that he did not discus the matter with Nitras.

Nitras told Polish Radio that he had been approached by the representatives of the government about the issue, but later on told the Polish Press Agency that he had not received any formal proposition of heading the PZPN, only some general suggestions.

"I am not making decisions on what is going on at the PZPN. I value MP Nitras very much, but he hasn't been talking to me abut this issue, nor did any other persons interested in the post," said PM Tusk at a press conference yesterday.

The PM added that it is not the task of the PM or the government to decide about the hierarchy in sports associations.

The new president of PZPN will be elected on 14 September. The present one, Michal Listkiewicz, announced that he is not planning to run for re-election.

His resignation is in connection with widespread corruption that has spread throughout the leagues, including the Polish premier division. So far some 120 people, including coaches, PZPN board members and referees have been charged by the Public Prosecutor's Office.