Belgian soccer match-fixing scandal widens
21 November 2005
BRUSSELS — The bribery scandal in Belgian soccer is growing in proportion, with not only Sint-Truiden but also Lierse linked to the suspicious activities of businessman Zheyun Ye.
Ye — who bought a EUR 300,000 stake in Lierse last year — is accused of rigging matches to accrue huge gambling payouts, newspaper ‘Het Nieuwsblad’ reported on Monday.
Reports first surfaced about the bribery scandal two weeks ago and federal judicial authorities have since launched an investigation.
Matches involving Sint-Truiden (in Limburg) and Lierse (Antwerp) are alleged to have been fixed. Other clubs could also have been involved.
One of the matches which has sparked suspicion is the Germinal Beerschot-Lierse match two weeks ago. Lierse lost the match 4-0.
Lierse chairman Leo Theyskens launched an internal investigation some time ago, suspecting that the match-fixing started last year.
The investigation is expected to be completed in the near future and Theyskens will hand over his report to judicial authorities in Brussels.
The 40-year-old Ye — who is also the owner of Finnish First Division team, AC Allianssi — was arrested two weeks ago, in connection with the case involving Sint-Truiden.
Bets on some Sint-Truiden matches were excessively high and the results were at times very surprising, broadcaster VRT reported.
AC Allianssi was fined EUR 10,000 in August for insufficient preparation for a Finnish league match in July, but was cleared of match-fixing allegations.
Ye has denied all allegations.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news