Soccer fraud witness fears for his life

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8 February 2006, BRUSSELS — A witness in the Panorama television report over a suspected gambling scandal in the Belgian soccer industry has told police he feels threatened and fears for his life.

8 February 2006

BRUSSELS — A witness in the Panorama television report over a suspected gambling scandal in the Belgian soccer industry has told police he feels threatened and fears for his life. 

The witness appeared anonymously in the television current affairs show on Sunday and said that several club members of Wallonian First Division team La Louvière were linked to the gambling mafia.

However, he has since sought assistance from a Brussels investigative judge because he fears for his life.

The man said he sought assistance from judicial authorities because he feared that his anonymity will be short-lived, commercial broadcaster VTM reported on Tuesday night.
 
Belgian news agency Belga subsequently ran a report on Wednesday identifying the man. However, Expatica has opted at this stage to keep the man's identity secret.

The witness had said La Louvière is linked to the Chinese gambling mafia, naming club lawyer Laurent Denis and sporting director Chris Benoîtas as key suspects. Both men have since lodged legal complaints.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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