Coach banned for match-fixing

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21 August 2007, BRUSSELS (AP) - The Belgian soccer federation has banned a former top-division coach for life and relegated his old club to third-division play next year for their role in a match-fixing scandal.

21 August 2007

BRUSSELS (AP) - The Belgian soccer federation has banned a former top-division coach for life and relegated his old club to third-division play next year for their role in a match-fixing scandal.

The federation's disciplinary panel late Monday banned former SK Lierse coach Paul Put, 51, from holding any job in Belgian soccer. The federation said it may ask international federations to apply the ban abroad.

Put was named in a scandal allegedly run by Chinese businessman Zheyun Ye, who remains at large despite an international arrest warrant. Authorities say Lierse players were paid to throw matches in the 2004-2005 season, generating betting gains on Belgian soccer in China. Put still faces criminal charges.

SK Lierse, now a second-division club, was relegated to the third division next season, penalised 6 points and fined at least EUR 15,500. The federation issued minor penalties to former Lierse players and officials and players for La Louviere, another Belgian team implicated in the match-fixing scandal.

[Copyright AP 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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