Tunisian football chief arrested in corruption scandal


Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) President Wadie Jary was arrested on October 26 as part of an investigation into suspected corruption, reports TRT. 

The country’s Ministry of Youth and Sports spokesman Chokri Hamda told local press that Jary, 51, was arrested after a “judicial complaint lodged by the Ministry concerning the illegality of a contract concluded between the Federation and a technical director”. 

As well as being investigated for corruption, He is the subject of an array of probes into match-fixing, money laundering, and embezzlement. 

It is alleged that controversial FTF President had multiple disputes with the Minister of Youth and Sports Kamel Deguiche. 

He has also had fiery arguments with Taoufik Mkacher, the President of  CS Chebba, an eastern based club who play in the second tier of Tunisian Football. 

The dispute ended in the club being suspended by the Federation as well as the second division side having to pay fines and submitting  various administartive documents. 

The 51-year old’s detention follows the Tunis Court of First Instance issuing an arrest warrant against him, a court spokesperson announced.  

Jary, who refutes the allegations against him, is a former player and manager before becoming FTF chief in 2012. 

Wadie Jary’s lawyer is yet to publicly comment on the case. 


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