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Lubomir Kasak, the owner of the construction contractor IDOS Praha, contributes CZK 500,000 (approximately US$15,000) to the election campaign of Miroslav Kalousek, a candidate for the center-right Christian Democrats (KDU-ČSL) in forthcoming elections to the Czech Chamber of Deputies. Kasak is Kalousek’s brother-in-law. [Mlada fronta DNES, 3/26/2002]

Entity Tags: IDOS Praha, Miroslav Kalousek, Lubomír Kasak

Timeline Tags: Misc Entries

Jaroslav Hastik, sports director at first division Czech football club Synot, calls referee Vaclav Zejda to offer him a bribe to influence today’s game between Synot and Blsany. Zejda agrees to take CZK 120,000 (approx. £2,000) to help Synot win the game, and to share the money with other officials. The telephone call is monitored by the police, who are aware that Hastik is corrupt. Zejda then informs his assistant Bohuslav Kratky and the fourth official Josef Dvoracek of what is to happen, and Synot wins 3-1. [Mladá fronta Dnes, 5/14/2004] The police will also monitor the handing over of the bribe (see December 2, 2003).

Entity Tags: Jaroslav Hastik, Bohuslav Kratky, Josef Dvoracek, 1. FC Synot

Timeline Tags: Football Business and Politics

The Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic confirms a CZK 70,000 (approx. €3,000) fine imposed on corrupt football referee Lubomir Pucek for helping fix a match in the Slovak league between Banska Bystrica and Puchov in 2003. Pucek was found guilty of discussing a bribe with another official over the telephone by a district court, and the verdict has already been confirmed by a regional court. However, Pucek appealed a second time on the grounds that courts have no business fining football referees for corruption, as this was a private matter. The Constitutional Court is of another opinion. “Football competitions should be regarded as a society-wide phenomenon and this fact should be given expresion in the form of an interest in their fairness and proper conduct, excluding the intentional influencing of match results,” says the Constitutional Court. Before his fall, Pucek won the Crystal Whistle for the Czech league’s best referee five times. [Mladá fronta DNES, 1/12/2009]

Entity Tags: Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic, Lubomir Pucek

Timeline Tags: Football Business and Politics

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