KIEV, March 20 (Reuters) - Ukrainian prosecutors have
charged the former owners of Arsenal Kiev with fraud and money
laundering stemming from transfer deals, the premier division
club said on Wednesday.
Local media reported that Kiev chief prosecutor Yuri
Haisinsky had filed charges against Arsenal's former owners, the
Defence Ministry's army club CSKA, and their business partners,
oil company Naftogas Ukrainy.
The club confirmed the charges, but said they did not apply
to new management, which is no longer linked to the army and
changed the team's name from CSKA to Arsenal.
'Yes, indeed, the city's prosecution office have filed
charges against football club CSKA in regard to players'
contracts,' a spokesman for the club, Anatoly Lynik said on Wednesday.
'But these charges only relate to business activity of CSKA
and not the present club Arsenal. As far as our club is
concerned, all our documentation is in order with the law.'
Local media reported that the prosecutor had accused
Arsenal's former military bosses of illegally transferring
players abroad, pocketing some $4 million from those deals and
laundering money with the oil company's help.
Lynik said the Defence Ministry was preparing a statement in
response to the charges. The oil company could not be reached
Ukraine international Eduard Tsykhmeistruk moved on a free
transfer from CSKA to Russian champions Spartak Moscow last year
in a move the Ukrainians tried to block until they received
money in return.
The case went to world governing body FIFA's arbitration
commission which allowed Tsykhmeistruk to play for Spartak.