Football corruption scandal deepens on eve of new season
Football is known to its fans as 'the beautiful game', but in the Czech league things have been looking rather ugly to say the least in the last few months. In May the world of Czech football was rocked by its biggest corruption scandal ever, with several referees and club officials arrested over match-fixing allegations. Now, on the very eve of the new football season, the crisis has deepened.
The latest development in the football corruption affair could not have come at a worse time, just two days before the start of the new season. All the officials charged on Thursday have been suspended for this weekend's games at least, leading to speculation that there will not be enough officials to take charge of all fixtures.
But FA chief Jan Obst says he thinks enough qualified refs can be found by Saturday. Either way, with investigations still going on at five first division clubs (including Sparta Prague), the corruption scandal which has hit Czech football looks set to run for some time.