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Former Croatian FIFA Referee Jailed for Bribery

SiricA court in Zagreb on Tuesday has sentenced former Croatian Football Federation Vice President and international referee Željko Širić to four years in prison after he was found guilty of taking a bribe…

Širić (53), who earned his FIFA badge as an international referee in 1996 and officiated in 2 UEFA Champions League matches in the early 2000’s, was charged with taking a 30,000 euro bribe for ‘fair refereeing’ whilst he held the position as the head of the Croatian Referees Commission. Širić was arrested in 2011 after a conversation with former Hajduk Split President Hrvoje Maleš. The court found Širić guilty of asking the Hajduk President for a bribe in return for ‘fair refereeing’ for Hajduk Split after Maleš had secretly recorded the conversation, reported daily 24sata.

Širić has also been banned from working in Croatia football for 8 years.

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