Former Czech FA chief sentenced for credit fraud
The former head of the Czech football association, František Chvalovský, has been sentenced to ten years in prison after being convicted of credit fraud. Mr Chvalovský was once a major figure in Czech football, but has spent the last 10 years trying – so far unsuccessfully – to defend himself from fraud charges.
“The defendants submitted false information when applying for the loan. The defendants also failed to use the funds for the purposes stated in the application. The initial legal proceedings took far too long: the criminal case against the defendants had to be amended three times because of errors in it.”
The court ruled that Mr Chvalovský and his co-defendants must compensate the bank for the damage caused by the credit fraud. Mr Chvalovský, who denies the allegations, appealed against the verdict. He didn’t appear in court, but his lawyer Jindřich Reichl spoke to reporters afterwards.
“There hasn’t been one wise decision during this entire case, so I wouldn’t expect one now at the close of it. As for my client’s future plans, no matter how this court case is resolved, I can assure you he has no intention of returning to football.”
There have even been claims Mr Chvalovský intends to seek re-election to the post of Czech FA chairman; as his lawyer Jindřich Reichl says, there is no truth in them. Mr Reichl, however, is the body’s deputy chairman, and he is standing.