The former chairman of the Football Association of the Czech Republic, Miroslav Pelta, is waiting in the corridor of the Prague Municipal Court, which continued on October 13, 2021 in discussing the case of the distribution of sports subsidies at the Ministry of Education.
Prague – The Prague Municipal Court will rule today for the second time in the case of distribution of sports subsidies at the Ministry of Education. Among the accused are the former head of Czech football, Miroslav Pelta, and the former deputy of the ministry, Simona Kratochvílová. Last year, the court imposed prison terms, fines and bans on both of them for manipulation of subsidies, but the appeals panel subsequently overturned the verdict and sent the case back for additional evidence.
In addition to Pelta and Kratochvílova, the Football Association of the Czech Republic (FAČR), the Czech Union of Sport (ČUS), its president Miroslav Jansta, the secretary of the union Jan Boháč and the former head of the ministerial sports department Zdeněk Bříza also face charges. All of these accused were acquitted by the original overturned judgment. The prosecutor is now again asking for prison terms and fines for all the accused people. For Pelta, she wants nine years in prison and the payment of 25 million crowns, for Kratochvílová ten years in prison and the payment of six million crowns, for Jansta five years behind bars and a fine of two million crowns.
The plaintiff claims, among other things, that Kratochvílová influenced in 2017 the amount of subsidies in favor of Pelt's FAČR and Janst's ČUS and that she gave information to the men. All the accused deny the guilt. The Minister of Education Kateřina Valachová (ČSSD) resigned earlier because of the case. The case also cost Kratochvílova and Pelta, who resigned from his post in the football association after being detained. The Ministry of Education is demanding compensation from the defendants in the amount of over 1.1 billion crowns.