June 09, 2015

PRAGUE (AP) Czech Republic ice hockey coach Vladimir Ruzicka has resigned following allegations by parents that he demanded money to give their sons a chance of playing when he was in charge of the Slavia Prague club.

Ruzicka has denied any wrongdoing.

He announced his resignation after public radio broadcast the interviews with parents on Tuesday.

Tomas Kral, president of the Czech ice hockey federation, told state television that Ruzicka's resignation was ''the only possible solution.''

Ruzicka had been under fire since being accused in April by a father of accepting money to let his son play.

He was backed by the federation then, and the Czechs finished fourth at the world championship at home in May.

Ruzicka returned to the national team last year, having led it to world titles in 2005 and 2010.

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