Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Polish police hold four in football corruption probe

Polish police detained four people, including two former players and a referee, in connection with an ongoing investigation into corruption in Polish football.

In detentions were made in four different cities on Wednesday, with police only identifying the individuals as referee Mariusz P., match observer Piotr K., former Wisla Krakow goalkeeper Artur S. and another former Wisla player Grzegorz K.

The suspects' full names were not released in line with Poland's privacy regulations, but the only former Wisla keeper with such a name is Artur Sarnat.

All four suspects were being driven to Wroclaw in southwestern Poland, where they would be questioned and charges could be filed, Wroclaw prosecutor Jerzy Kasiura said.

Wroclaw prosecutors launched an investigation in 2005 into corruption in Polish football.

So far they have detained some 200 people suspected of fixing matches. Among them are members of the Polish Football Federation, coaches, referees and players.

Earlier this month, a court in Wroclaw handed prison terms of up to four years to 17 people, including club officials and referees in the largest corruption trial in the history of Polish football.