Players, trainer 'confess soccer gambling fraud'
16 February 2006, BRUSSELS — Two players and a trainer at First Division club Lierse SK have allegedly confessed involvement in the Belgian soccer match-fixing scandal.
16 February 2006
BRUSSELS — Two players and a trainer at First Division club Lierse SK have allegedly confessed involvement in the Belgian soccer match-fixing scandal.
Goalkeeper Cliff Mardulier, defender Laurent Fassotte and assistant goalkeeper trainer Patrick Deman were arrested on Wednesday.
A source has since told newspaper 'De Standaard' that all three men confessed to police investigating gambling fraud in Belgian soccer.
The newspaper said the three suspects confessed to 'selling' several matches in the current and previous seasons to the gambling mafia. The exact details of their confession are not yet known.
It is believed that the confessions came after the suspects were informed of a telephone analysis, a bank investigation and a tip-off.
However, all three suspects were released on Wednesday night and have not been officially charged. Seized personal effects — such as Deman's computer — will be retained for further investigations.
Meanwhile, former footballer Olivier Suray will give testimony to an investigating judge on Thursday about his relationship with Chinese businessman Zheyun Ye.
When Ye was arrested on 31 October in the Brussels Hilton hotel, he was in the company of real estate agent Pietro Allata and Suray. The latter is often rumoured to have been the person who approached players on behalf of Ye.
Justice officials will also depart in the near future to London, where they will gain from gambling firm Betfair a list of Belgians who gambled on suspicious matches.
Gambling experts will also be questioned about how Belgian soccer matches are gambled on from Asia. One expert has claimed 17 matches were 'sold', this season and last year in the First and Second Division.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news