Czech FA chief requests UEFA help over “pressure” from Plzeň
The chairman of the Czech Football Association, Miroslav Pelta, has asked for help from European soccer’s governing body UEFA in connection with a case of alleged corruption. Mr. Pelta said on a television debate programme on Sunday that he had requested the intervention of UEFA because of the behaviour of Tomáš Paclík, the owner of Viktoria Plzeň, who have been accused of corrupt practices by the owner of Sparta Prague Daniel Křetínský and a former referee, who said he had been paid to influence a game in Plzeň’s favour. The Czech FA chief said Mr. Paclík’s method of communication had exceeded the boundaries of good ethics and that he felt under great pressure. Plzeň, who led the Czech league going into the winter break, strenuously deny any wrongdoing.