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Former Soccer Coach Detained
October 29, 2008   
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Janusz Wójcik, former coach of Poland's national soccer team, was detained by police Oct. 22 in connection with an investigation into a corruption scandal in the Polish soccer federation. The next day, prosecutors pressed several charges against him.

Wójcik allegedly accepted several hundred thousand zlotys in bribes. Most of the charges concern the 2003/2004 season when Wójcik worked as the coach of first-division club Lukullus Świt Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki.

Wójcik, 55, was the coach of Polish soccer players when they won the silver medal at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. In 1997-1999, he coached the Polish national team, but was dismissed after the team failed to qualify for the 2000 European soccer championships.

In 2001-2003, Wójcik was a member of the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) and a member of a team of sports consultants to Prime Minister Leszek Miller. In 2005, he was elected to the lower house of parliament on the ticket of the populist Samoobrona party. In parliament, he became chairman of the Physical Culture and Sports Committee. In January 2006, Wójcik renounced his immunity from prosecution as a parliamentarian after police caught him drunk driving. In the 2007 election, he failed to win a parliamentary seat.
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