Tomislav Karadžić

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Tomislav Karadžić
Born (1939-02-10) 10 February 1939 (age 75)
Šavnik, Zeta Banovina, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Occupation President of the Football Association of Serbia

Tomislav "Tole" Karadžić (Serbian Cyrillic: Томислав "Толе" Караџић; born 10 February 1939) is a Montenegrin Serb businessman and football administrator. Since 2008 he is in his second stint as the president of Serbian Football Association (FSS).[1]

Career[edit]

From 2005 until 2006 Karadžić was the president of Serbian and Montenegrin Football Association (FSSCG). Prior to that he was the president of the regional FA (Football Association of Vojvodina), the job he performed for 18 years. On 25 September 2007, Karadžić became the president of Partizan Belgrade where he came following the decades-long reign of Nenad Bjeković, Žarko Zečević, and Ivan Ćurković at the club.

Simultaneously, Karadžić kept a position at the Serbian FA where he was a deputy to the association's president Zvezdan Terzić. In March 2008, Terzić fled the country after getting indicted for embezzlement of player transfer funds and Karadžić took over his role as FA president. During summer 2008 new elections were held for the FSS presidency. Karadžić beat out Dragan Aca Bulić. During his first six years of presidency, his former club Partizan has won a title every single season till 2014.

Controversy and criticis[edit]

Prision stay[edit]

During his time as a student in Belgrade, he was convicted in 1961 of aggravated assault for 1.5 years of prison. The victim is said to have lost an eye. However, under mysterious circumstances, he was released after only 6 months. In 2013, this incitend was current reflected, because he stood of different reasons in the criticism, but he barely comments on these.[2]

Irregularities in player sales and match-fixing[edit]

Since years, Karadžić are in the Serbian public heavy in the criticism due to various reasons and decisions, which had katastophalen consequences for the Serbian football so the critics. After a veritable riot of over the half Serbian SuperLiga, Karadžić announced his resignation in late 2013.[2][3] After numerous of serious irregularities in player sales in the value of several millions euros, mostly young players, abroad obvious match-fixing and an impending boycott of the Serbian top club Red Star Belgrade, over half league had demanded his tresignation, because they saw the main guilty in Karadžić.[2][3]

Whole nine clubs of sixteen criticized him sharply.[3] While criticism became public, he was in the tourist city Budva in holiday and because of this, he did want comment it in detail but referred to his critics as criminals.[3] His adversary Zvezdan Terzic, an football administrator who also are because of similar reasons in the Serbian public under strong criticism, called for the convening of a special meeting of the Federation Parliament and the immediate withdrawal.[2] However, Karadžić not resigned and since then is even more under criticism.[4] He is continue accused for administrative abuse, monopoly and clientelism.

Chants against Karadžić[edit]

After a certain time, during many league matches, often found chants place because of the criticism against him, in which repeated Tole, lopove (Tole you are thief) was sung, often together of the ordinary fans and the supproter groups of the biggest Serbian clubs, like the Delije, Grobari and others. Even on matches of the Serbian national team it was sung. It also happened that the whole stadium sang this. Tole is regarded as Karadžićs nickname.[5]

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