Belgium clubs accused of match fixing, for real? First, many football clubs were raided by police forces with multiple arrests. According to reports, some of the top club agents in Belgium are accused of match fixing and fraud. Most respected teams in Belgian league, Genk, Club Brugge, Anderlecht, Standard Liege and Gent. Consequently, they are currently under investigation, while Brugge coach Ivan Leko is one of the suspects.
Moreover, Belgian authorities are currently investigating clues from 57 police raids made in Belgium. However, other European nations are also under police radar. Therefore, their mission is to intercept and break a world-wide financial fraud. In addition to that, match-fixing in football, as well as tax evasion and money laundering figures are their targets.
Corruption is everywhere
Belgian clubs are finally under investigation. Besides that, Scotland and Italy have already performed similar investigations. Match-fixing and fraudulent activities are not strange in football world. Lately, similar actions were taken by Croatian authorities regarding Mamic and two players. Club Brugge chairman, Bart Verhaeghe said in his interview:
“Club Brugge will give full cooperation to the investigation and has nothing to hide.”
Actions is taken in RSC Anderlecht as well. Their chairman confirmed that while giving an official statement:
“The federal police today carried out a search of RSC Anderlecht. This action is part of a judicial inquiry into the practices of certain players’ agents. The club is cooperating fully with the investigation and will make no further comments.”
Belgium teams under pressure
According to reports, Belgian FA gave their statement regarding police investigation. Regarding this action, Justice Minister Koen Geens said: “The investigation centers on activities relating to a criminal organization, money laundering and private corruption. Match-fixing undermines the integrity of sports. the Justice Department is working for a fair sport.”