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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Belgian match-fixing probe

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posted on Feb, 3 2005 @ 06:38 PM
FIVE players and a a former coach of Belgian first division club St Truiden are being questioned in an alleged corruption inquiry.

The probe was launched following a complaint from FC Antwerp, which was relegated to the second division last season. Questions started to be asked when ex-Antwerp striker Patrick Goots claimed that Charleroi had promised a victory bonus to the players of St Truiden if they beat Antwerp on May 8 last year.

St Truiden won the match 2-1 and a week later Antwerp was relegated from the first division. The Belga news agency also reported overnight that prosecutors in the northern town of Hasselt are equally concerned by two other matches – Charleroi's 2-1 win at St Truiden on February 28 last year and Charleroi's 3-1 win over Westerlo on March 20.

The men being questioned are St Truiden players Dusan Belic and Peter Delorge as well as former players Thomas Caers and Desire Mbonabucya and Antwerp's Marcos Pereira. Jacky Mathijssen, who coached St Truiden last season and is now in charge of Charleroi, was also questioned. The Belgian Football Union said it is "following the affair closely" and is waiting for a decision by the prosecutor before announcing possible sanctions.

AFP News


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