Monday, May 25, 2009

Football corruption scandal continues

The corruption scandal in Polish football continues. Referee Janusz Z. from Opole, southwest Poland, has been arrested by the Central Anticorruption Bureau.

Last week, two other suspects: a former Gornik Polkowice football player, Radoslaw J., from Wroclaw and a First Division player, Marcin S., from Lublin were detained.

The investigation into corruption in Polish football has been underway since May 2005. So far, the Prosecutor’s Office has charged over 200 people: referees, coaches, players, officials and members of the Polish Football Association for fixing matches.

Among the suspects are: a former national team coach Janusz W., a famous referee Grzegorz G., a former football player Dariusz W., a coach Andrzej B. etcetera.

In April 2009 a former chairman of the team Arka Gdynia Jacek Milewski was sentenced to four years in prison and Ryszard Forbrich, alias Fryzjer, a member of the Polish Football Association, to 3,5 years in prison on corruption charges.