Ex-trainer turns soccer fraud informant
24 February 2006, BRUSSELS — Sacked Lierse assistant trainer Patrick Deman has struck a deal with the Belgian Football Association giving him immunity in exchange for information over the nation's soccer gambling scandal.
24 February 2006
BRUSSELS — Sacked Lierse assistant trainer Patrick Deman has struck a deal with the Belgian Football Association giving him immunity in exchange for information over the nation's soccer gambling scandal.
Deman has been given a guarantee from the league's disciplinary committee that the football association will not suspend him.
In exchange, he will provide information about his role and the actions of others implicated in the widening match-fixing scandal. The initiative came from Deman and his lawyer, Kris Luyckx.
The fact that Deman has reached a deal also means he is the first person to have officially confessed to selling matches to the gambling mafia allegedly link to Chinese businessman Zheyun Ye.
Four other former Lierse players who reportedly confessed to the judiciary or their employers have denied the allegations in the media.
Laurent Fassotte, Marius Mitu, Laurent Delorge and Ninoslav Milenkovic have not yet reached a deal with justice officials and are fighting suspensions from their respective clubs.
The other player who has allegedly confessed, Cliff Mardulier, is said to be considering a deal with the football association also.
It is the first time in the history of the Belgian football association that a player has been given immunity, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Friday.
"The deal is not proof that the football association plans to use every means to clean the mess of the gambling scandal in Belgian football. The abscess needs to burst open," association chairman Jan Peeters said.
"Let the example of Deman be a stimulus for others who have something to say. The general interest of Belgian football takes priority now."
The fact that Deman has struck a deal with the football association does not mean he will escape criminal proceedings. He faces a jail term of six months to two years.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news