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Re: What's the newest mess with Polish football?

Widespread match fixing for betting scams.

Re: What's the newest mess with Polish football?

FIFA and UEFA say that football officials should be treated like gods and have immunity from any investigation into corruption.
The head of the Polish FA was suspended and a caretaker (unrecognised by FIFA/UEFA) was appointed.

Re: What's the newest mess with Polish football?

News update

Soccer-Prosecutors charge Polish FA secretary general


Polish Football Association (PZPN) secretary general Zbigniew Krecina was charged with mismanagement of funds on Wednesday, state news agency PAP quoted prosecutors as saying.

Krecina is favourite to replace PZPN head Michal Listkiewicz in an Oct. 30 election that is being held to avoid sanctions from world body FIFA and the potential loss of the country's right to co-host Euro 2012 with Ukraine.

Krecina is accused of illegally transferring 350,000 zlotys ($120,000) to Widzew Lodz soccer club. He denies the charge.

Prosecutors said the investigation was not aimed at derailing the election.

"This part of the investigation had been started in June. The prosecutors were not interested in elections at the PZPN," head of the prosecutors office in the city of Wroclaw, Edward Zalewski, told PAP.

The prosecutors' move comes just a few weeks after the PZPN's management board was suspended by the country's arbitration tribunal at the request of Warsaw's sports ministry in an anti-corruption drive, triggering the row with FIFA.

FIFA, whose rules forbid government interference in FA matters, had warned the Polish government that it was facing the possible suspension of its national soccer team.

The dispute was resolved when the government reinstated the association. The agreement to hold PZPN elections was part of the deal.

Asked if he still intended to run in the election, Krecina told PAP that he would ...

http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldFootballNews/idUKLM10479120081022

Re: What's the newest mess with Polish football?

Things could be worse - read about the run-up to the World Cup in southern Africa

Issued recently is a horror report on the trafficking of human body parts in Mozambique and South Africa, which has unveiled a scary reality: body parts are frequently used in traditional medicine and there is a commonly held belief that such medicine is very powerful.

"Ritual killings are common here; it's like daily bread. We do not even get shocked when a person is found dead with body parts removed," said one of the South Africans interviewed.

'There is no law that prohibits us from going around with a human finger'
Last year, 413 Mozambicans and South Africans attended open workshops and 139 went on to be interviewed. Twenty-two percent of interviewees had first-hand experience of seeing a mutilated body or separate body parts.

Furthermore, researchers could not find a single case in which someone caught carrying a body part had been prosecuted.

According to the Mozambican Human Rights League (LDH), which initiated the research, this is because there is no legislation - local or international - that criminalises the carrying of a body part without evidence linking the suspect to the actual murder.

"We need more legislation. There is no law that prohibits us from going around with a human finger. The law is against cutting it, but not carrying it," said LDH chairman Alice Mabota.

A total of 93 percent of the interviewees believed medicine containing body parts was more powerful.

From the belt hung the fingers and penises of children
One of the researchers, Matshidisho Ntsiuoa, from Child Welfare in Bloemfontein, said she had spoken to a woman who had gone to a sangoma for help to fall pregnant. The sangoma gave her a belt to wear. From the belt hung the fingers and penises of children.

Although the woman felt uncomfortable about the belt, she wore it. She paid R4 000 for the consultation.

Most of the medicine is aimed at making businesses more successful, and the researchers are worried that with the Fifa World Cup approaching, body parts will be in higher demand as people try to capitalise on increased business opportunities.

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"From the belt hung the fingers and penises of children
One of the researchers, Matshidisho Ntsiuoa, from Child Welfare in Bloemfontein, said she had spoken to a woman who had gone to a sangoma for help to fall pregnant. The sangoma gave her a belt to wear. From the belt hung the fingers and penises of children.

Although the woman felt uncomfortable about the belt, she wore it. She paid R4 000 for the consultation.
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