President Miloš Zeman has appointed Stanislav Štech as Czech minister of education, youth and sports. Mr. Štech, who is 62, is a Charles University psychology professor and a former deputy minister of education. He replaces the Social Democratic Party’s Kateřina Valachová, who announced her resignation after one of her deputies was charged with large-scale corruption involving sports subsidies.
Miroslav Pelta has stood down as chairman of the Czech Football Association. He tendered his resignation from the cell where he is being held on remand over charges of large-scale abuse of sports subsidies. The news was relayed to the newspaper Deník Sport by his lawyer. Pelta did not stand in a vote for the post of FA chief on Friday but none of the candidates secured enough backing to win election. He had been the top man in Czech soccer since 2011 and is the owner of Jablonec FC.
News server Aktualne.cz has reported on the first prison sentence in the world of Czech football, describing it as a landmark decision. The sentence was handed out by a Strakonice court to former Dukla Prague player Michal Kánik on Wednesday for bribing players and referees to fix results in top Czech and even junior matches so that sure bets could be placed on them. Kánik said after the sentence that he would appeal to the regional court. Kánik was last year also given a conditional sentence for his part in a 1.0 million crown tax fraud when he held a post at the local Strakonice football club.
In four weeks’ time, the Czech Republic will face holders Spain in their opening game at football’s 2016 European Championship in France. The Czechs reached the final in the competition in 1996 and the semi-finals eight years later. But what chances will Pavel Vrba’s team – notably short on star names – have this time out? I put those questions to journalist Michal Petrák from the daily Sport. But our conversation first took in the Czech domestic league – and specifically why attendances are so low.
Prague police announced on Wednesday that they had begun criminal proceedings against the former national ice hockey coach, Vladimír Růžička. The Czech news agency, ČTK, reported he was charged on Wednesday with embezzlement. The suspicions date from his time as the trainer of Slavia Prague, where he is alleged to have demanded payments from parents to ensure that their children played. The scandal over the payments erupted in April last year shortly before the World Ice Hockey championships being hosted in Prague and Ostrava. Růžička stepped down from his position as coach for the national team in June. He is currently the trainer for top Czech league team Chomutov.
The president of the Czech Ice Hockey Association says the situation surrounding freshly resigned national team coach Vladimír Růžička has significantly damaged the sport in the country. Mr. Růžička quit on Tuesday after fresh allegations he took bribes to allow their children for the club Slavia Prague. Hockey association chief Tomáš Král said, however, that the affair only concerned one club and several individuals and was not symptomatic of a broader malaise. Mr. Král had backed Mr. Růžička when the first allegations of bribe-taking were made against him, shortly before the Ice Hockey World Championships last month.
Czech national ice hockey coach Vladimír Růžička has resigned following more allegations that he took bribes while coaching domestic league club Slavia. Mr Růžička’s decision came just hours after Czech Radio reported on Tuesday that the coach had asked several parents for large sums of money to allow their children play in the club. A criminal complaint has already been filed against the coach for bribe-taking, fraud and breach of trust in connection with a sum of CZK 500,000 he is alleged to have accepted from a man to allow his son to play for Slavia Prague. In a statement issued on Tuesday the Czech national coach rejected the allegations saying he wanted to clear his name in court.
Czech national ice hockey coach Vladimír Růžička is facing more allegations of bribe-taking while coaching domestic league club Slavia, Czech Radio reported on Tuesday. According to the report, Mr Růžička asked several parents for large sums of money to allow their children play for the club. The Czech national coach has refused to comment on the accusations. A criminal complaint of corruption has already been filed against the coach for bribe-taking, fraud and breach of trust in connection with a sum of CZK 500,000 he is alleged to have accepted from a man to allow his son to play for Slavia Prague.