Belgian news in brief, 21 March 2006

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Opposition to more Sunday openings

Opposition to more Sunday openings

Unions and shopping staff are resisting moves to increase the number of permitted Sunday trading days and a looming less restrictive understanding of the term 'tourist zone'. Unions will stage a demonstration in front of the office of Employment Minister Peter Vanvelthoven on 30 March. The federal government decided last Friday that in future shops may open on nine Sundays each year, compared with current laws permitting just three Sunday openings, primarily during the end-of-year festive season.

Lottery abandons soccer gambling rescue

The National Lottery has abandoned its plans to organise betting for Belgian and foreign soccer matches. Initially, the lottery said last November its plans would help end the match-fixing problems in Belgian football. It planned to allow betting on 15 First Division matches in Belgium and internationally, starting next season. But other international lotteries already allow betting in their domestic competitions and the Belgian lottery is not prepared to set up betting facilities on Belgian matches only.

No court battles over 'fraudulent' season

The 18 chiefs of Belgian First Division soccer clubs unanimously decided on Monday night to abide by the end result of the current competition. The decision was taken despite the fact that some matches could have been manipulated amid the current gambling fraud scandal. The decision was taken on request from football association chief Jan Peeters who feared clubs would fight match results in court.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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