Borussia Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek avoids suspension after match-fixing conviction

The full-back had been given a six-month ban from club football relating to allegations from 2006, but his sentence was suspended on appeal
Borussia Dortmund defender Lukasz Piszczek will be available once more to represent the German club, after a Polish court decided not to enforce a ban following his involvement in a match-fixing scandal back in his native country.

The 26-year-old was suspended for six-months after being found guilty of rigging accusations, dating back to 2006 when he was a Zaglebie Lubin player.

Piszczek appealed the ruling, however, and Kicker revealed that the Polish FA (PZPN) on further review decided to commute the sentence to probation.

This means he will be free to play for his club side effective immediately, as well as for Poland. He had previously received a one-year suspended prison sentence in civilian court for his role in the scandal, which occurred in a match in which he did not play.

Asked about the ruling, Dortmund officials remained tight-lipped.

"The whole process happened when Lukasz Piszczek did not play for us," Borussia sporting director Michael Zorc said on Wednesday evening.

"Therefore we do not comment on it. This is for the Polish federation."

The right-back signed for Dortmund on a free transfer in 2010 and was a regular part of the team which lifted the 2011 Bundesliga title.