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Former Top official in Slovak football released on parole

Former high-ranking official of the Slovak Football Association (SFZ) Vladimír Wänke, who was sentenced to 40 months in jail for corruption, was released on parole on Thursday, March 28 after being incarcerated since December 2010, the TASR newswire wrote, quoting the www.pluska.sk website.

Former high-ranking official of the Slovak Football Association (SFZ) Vladimír Wänke, who was sentenced to 40 months in jail for corruption, was released on parole on Thursday, March 28 after being incarcerated since December 2010, the TASR newswire wrote, quoting the www.pluska.sk website.

SFZ's former secretary-general and sports director Wänke was found guilty of receiving bribes worth €498 in total, several boxes of wine and one box of apples. Aside from the jail time, he was also ordered to pay a penalty of €2,000. Police apprehended Wanke as he was receiving a bribe from Stanislav Szabó, president of a small club called SK Eldus Močenok in Nitra Region. Szabó, who was acting as an agent-provocateur, was to have provided Wänke with a bribe of €332 to speed up the process of registering a player that Močenok was about to buy.

Meanwhile, the Plus Jeden Deň daily on Thursday broke the information that two men who spoke out about corruption in Slovak football and were instrumental in testifying against Wänke have had to deal with tragedies in their families. The newspaper described the events as a 'curse'.

(Source: TASR, Plus Jeden deň)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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