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Football ref MP gives his party red card

WELL-KNOWN football referee and MP Ľuboš Micheľ has left his opposition parliamentary faction over a disagreement about recent political tactics.

WELL-KNOWN football referee and MP Ľuboš Micheľ has left his opposition parliamentary faction over a disagreement about recent political tactics.

The crucial moment came when the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), in an effort to pressure the government into making changes to the Press Code, voted against ratification of the Lisbon Treaty earlier this year.

“I felt that the SDKÚ betrayed its own programme,” Micheľ told the Hospodárske Noviny financial daily.



He following Martin Kuruc and Juraj Liška to become the third MP to leave the SDKÚ parliamentary faction.

His departure leaves the party with 28 MPs and raises the number of independent MPs to nine.

Even though Micheľ left the party’s parliamentary faction, he says he will remain a member of the SDKÚ.


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