Czech Police Want 21 Indicted in Match-Fixing Case

On Thursday, Czech police said they had asked the public prosecutor to bring charges against 21 people and companies in a match-fixing case related to low-level football competitions.

“Criminal proceedings include the offenses of ‘bribery’, ‘accepting bribery’, ’embezzlement’ and ‘participation in an organized criminal group’,” the police said in a tweet.

They added that one of the suspects faced a sentence of up to 12 years and three others up to 10 years, and none of the suspects were in custody, but they did not give any names.

Police arrested 19 people in connection with the case in October 2020, including Roman Berber, who has been vice president of the Czech Football Association (FACR) since 2013.

Local media said Berber, a former referee who resigned after his arrest, had long been in control of Czech football.

The media have made allegations about him in relation to the corruption and bullying cases at FACR, but no charges have been brought against him.

Last year, a Prague court sentenced Miroslav Belta, FACR president from 2011 to 2017, to six years in prison for manipulating support for the sport.

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