published: 12.09.2013, 10:18 | updated: 12.09.2013 10:34:01
Prague - The Czech anti-corruption police have accused 12 present and former football players of bribe giving and bribe taking within the case of suspected influencing soccer matches in connection with betting, police spokesman Jaroslav Ibehej said in a press release today.
Another 20 people have been summoned to give explanations to the police. Ibehej wrote.
The police would not release the suspects´ identity for now.
"They are football players and former football players from various-level competitions," Ibehej wrote.
He wrote that the police made 15 searches of homes and other premises in a raid on Wednesday morning.
Several players were reportedly arrested within the raid.
The police investigate the case in cooperation with their Slovak counterparts, under the supervision of the district State Attorney´s Office in Strakonice, south Bohemia.
The Czech Football Association (FACR) has not commented on the case as yet, saying that its security manager Martin Synecky is staying abroad.
FACR deputy chairman Roman Berbr, nevertheless, has told Czech Radio that the Wednesday raid was a long-planned action in whose preparation the FACR cooperated with the police.
"Last October the FACR gained a reliable evidence proving the practice of manipulated betting in the second league. We passed the information on to the police," Berbr said.
Of the football clubs concerned, only Teplice, a first league team, has confirmed the police´s presence on Wednesday.
According to media information, the suspects may involve players from Strakonice and from Roudnice nad Labem, north Bohemia.
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