Friday, September 04, 2009

Two more netted in football corruption scandal

Another referee and soccer coach from the south eastern city of Lublin have been detained in connection with a wide-ranging corruption scandal within Polish football.

This bring the number of those charged with match fixing to 260 with 100 officials, players and managers in police detention.

The investigation into corruption has been underway since May 2005. The accusations of fixing matches have been presented against referees, coaches, players, officials and members of the Polish Football Association. The charges concern games in the Ekstraklasa – Poland’s top division - as well as lower divisions.

Among the suspects are many well known footballers, including a former national team coach, Janusz W and a top referee, Grzegorz G.

So far only a few people have been sentenced.

In April 2009 the former chairman of the Arka Gdynia team, Jacek Milewski was sentenced to four years in prison and Ryszard Forbrich, alias Fryzjer (hairdresser - a member of the Polish Football Association - to three and a half years.

Both the Central Anticorruption Bureau and the Prosecutors Office are continuing their investigations and do not expect the two most recent detentions to be the last.