Monday, July 27, 2009

Head of Poland's referee training detained in corruption probe

Police in southwestern Poland detained Thursday the country's head referee trainer in an investigation into football corruption that has led to charges being brought against some 230 people. Stanislaw Z., whose last name was withheld by law, was in charge of training referees for the Polish football federation (PZPN.) The 56 year-old man was taken to Wroclaw for questioning, the Polish Press Agency reported.

The investigation into corruption was launched in May 2005 and has so far led to charges against referees, officials and members of the football federation.

The arrests come as Poland prepares along with co-hosts Ukraine to host the Euro 2012 football championships. Critics have called for the country to clamp down on corruption in an effort to bring Polish football up to standard.