Investigators Charge Agents, Referee In Belgium Match Fixing Scandal

Investigators in Belgium on Friday, charged and detained three players’ agents, a referee and a former lawyer in the ongoing investigation into match-fixing scandal in the country’s top league.

Reports say lawyer to Mogi Bayat, Belgium’s most powerful sports agent, said he was charged with “money laundering.”

Bayat was said to have been detained pending his next hearing which would also include other agents; Dejan Veljkovic and Karim Mejjati, who were questioned as part of the operation targeting the country’s football elite.

Laurent Denis, a former Anderlecht football club lawyer, alongside referee Bart Vertenten, were also charged and arrested.

Sebastien Delferiere, another referee, was on Thursday charged, but was immediately released on parole.

Consequently, Vertenten and Delferiere have been suspended with immediate effect by the Belgian Football Federation.

The charges against the referees are part of a probe into suspected match-fixing by Veljkovic, in a failed effort to save a former top-tier club, KV Mechelen, from relegation to the second division. Five people have been charged in the match-fixing case, including the club’s financial director.

Earlier in the week, investigators had searched headquarters of FC Club Brugge, Standard Liege, Anderlecht and table toppers, KRC Genk, in a widened probe.
According to AFP, Ivan Leko, coach of Brugge, was arrested in connection to the scandal, which also involved allegation into tax invasion and money laundering

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