Club owner accuses Olomouc players of paying bribe to win game

21-03-2010

The owner of the Czech first division football club Bohemians Praha, Karel Kapr, says players from Sigma Olomouc paid his team to throw a match at the end of last season in order to ensure the latter reached the qualifying stages of the Europa League. Mr Kapr told the police that Olomouc goalkeeper Petr Drobisz offered and later gave his players CZK 300,000 (USD 16,000) to deliberately lose. The police’s anti-corruption unit have launched an investigation into the matter.

In 2004 Czech football was rocked by the biggest scandal in its history, when widespread bribery and match-fixing was uncovered. Fourteen referees were punished, four clubs had points deducted and several officials were banned.