Lierse players, ex-Louviere coach charged
13 April 2006
BRUSSELS – The Belgian soccer match-fixing scandal entered a new episode on Thursday as examining judge Sylviana Verstreken charged a former trainer and three players.
The judge charged the former trainer of La Louvière, Gilbert Bodart, and three Lierse players, Marius Mitu, Laurent Fassotte and Cliff Mardulier, newspaper ‘Het Laatste Nieuws’ has revealed.
Ex-La Louvière coach Gilbert Bodart previously claimed that he rigged a match to save his wife and children from “taking a bullet in the head”.
Six more Lierse players, plus trainers Patrick Deman and Paul Could, are likely to be similarly charged in the next few days.
According to a La Louvière spokesman, no player at the club was charged.
However, President Paul Gaone, the club’s lawyer Laurent Denis and players’ agent Pietro Allatta have already been charged.
The Chinese gambling mafia is alleged to have paid players and trainers to influence the outcome of various matches. Police have identified more than 50 suspects.’
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news