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Several accused of soccer bribery

Also on March 5, the economic daily Hospodárske Noviny has a front-page report on another bribery scandal in Slovak soccer.

Also on March 5, the economic daily Hospodárske Noviny has a front-page report on another bribery scandal in Slovak soccer.

After the former number 2 at the Slovak Soccer Association, Vladimír Wanke, was accused of nine cases of bribery, four more people have ended up facing police questions. A referee and three officials of Dunajská Streda soccer club are alleged to have influenced match results, the chief of the Anti-Corruption Office, Tibor Gašpar, confirmed to the daily.

The referee allegedly received a bribe from persons who acted on behalf of a particular soccer club and twice handed him more than SKK 25,000. In one case, he was supposed to have influenced their own club’s match; the other case involved a match between two other clubs, the outcome of which would affect their club’s position in the soccer league. Soccer officials can be sentenced to up to three years in prison, and referees to as many as eight years, if convicted of bribery. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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