Bratislava, June 4 (TASR) – Spartak Trnava have denied accusations that they could have won the 2017/18 Slovak football league title due to corruption, TASR learnt on Monday.
“First of all, we want to emphasise that we strictly reject and condemn any association with possible corruption and the alleged case. Spartak Trnava won the championship title honestly and correctly in the 2017/18 season, without any possible accompanying influence as reported by topky.sk,” reads a statement released by the club.
Earlier in the day, topky.sk news website reported based on its own findings that Spartak Trnava may have won the league title owing to corruption. According to the site, there are documented testimonies and evidence proving that players were bribed in matches involving the club that won Slovakia’s premier league, called for sponsorship reasons ‘Fortuna liga’.
“At least in one case there are documented testimonies and evidence that a well-known person from the football environment was bribing players in matches played against Trnava. We won’t mention the names of the witnesses and the police agent from the investigation file for the sake of their safety. The case was also dealt with by SFZ [the Slovak Football Association], but with regard to the huge suspicions, the case has been taken over by NAKA [the National Crime Agency],” the website wrote in an article on Monday.