No match-fixing foul play in Netherlands

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10 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — A police investigation has failed to find evidence to substantiate claims of match-fixing in the top soccer league in the Netherlands.

10 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — A police investigation has failed to find evidence to substantiate claims of match-fixing in the top soccer league in the Netherlands.

The final report was released on Wednesday, three months after the preliminary investigation was launched.

It was prompted by claims that Chinese gambling syndicates bribed players to fix match results. ADO Den Haag's Daniel Rijaard was one of the main suspects.

Match-fixing allegations have been made about the soccer leagues in Belgium, Germany and Italy.

Dutch investigators interviewed players and tapped phones, but did not find corroboration for the allegations, the prosecutor's office in The Hague said.

"The investigation turned up no evidence that players were bought," the prosecutor's office said. "There also was no indication that players were incited to influence the results of games or that they approached others to do so. Based on these findings, the prosecutor's office has decided to end its investigations."

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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