Serbian soccer affiliation president Slavisa Kokeza resigns following hyperlinks to group accused of homicide, drug trafficking

Serbian soccer affiliation president Slavisa Kokeza resigns following hyperlinks to group accused of homicide, drug trafficking

Kokeza additionally stated in his resignation letter that he desires to permit the nationwide staff “essential peace and stability” at first of World Cup qualifying. Serbia performs Eire at house on Wednesday.

Belgrade: The president of the Serbian soccer affiliation resigned Monday after being linked to a fan group accused of homicide, kidnapping and drug trafficking.

Slavisa Kokeza stated he’s stepping all the way down to concentrate on restoring his picture after being linked to organized crime.

Kokeza additionally stated in his resignation letter that he desires to permit the nationwide staff “essential peace and stability” at first of World Cup qualifying. Serbia performs Eire at house on Wednesday.

Police final month quizzed Kokeza about his alleged hyperlinks to the leaders of a Partizan Belgrade supporters’ group who had been arrested in January in what officers stated was a significant crackdown in opposition to soccer’s hyperlinks with the mafia.

Particulars from the police investigation leaked to the media embody alleged killings by the group members of their rivals, together with decapitations and torture in a particular “bunker” on the membership’s stadium within the Serbian capital.

The group reportedly additionally had plans to kill populist Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. Kokeza, who was Vucic’s shut occasion ally, stated in his resignation letter that linking him to such “brutal” crimes signify “harmful lies.”

Serbian authorities have a historical past of tolerating hooliganism that always resulted in violence and outbursts of nationalism at stadiums.

The far-right soccer supporters had been usually seen at pro-government rallies selling a nationalist political agenda. In alternate, analysts say, the hooligans have been allowed to pursue their unlawful enterprise actions.

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