After the resolution of their disputes with UEFA, FIFA, etc, the Polish football association has been quietly getting on with the job of dealing with corruption. Judging by today’s snippet from Poland AM they are making such good progress that they are running out of referees!!
Corruption crackdown nets fifth top league soccer ref
The corruption scandals in domestic football are becoming a widespread problem. Yesterday the Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) detained referee Piotr P., who is the fifth Extra-Klasa league referee to face jail this season. The scale of corruption is so huge that the football leagues are running out of referees. The Polish Football Association (PZPN) could employ referees from abroad, however, it prefers to take less experienced referees from the lower leagues. So far the anti-corruption investigation in the domestic football league, which was launched in 2005, has resulted in the detention of almost 200 people. (Dziennik, p. 9) A.K.
If it is anything like the English Premier League, I’ll bet using referees from the lower leagues is creating a whole new set of problems, that of dodgy decision making.