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Operation clean hands: tried Mechelen via matchfixing in first?

The court will examine whether KV Mechelen and huismakelaar Dejan Veljkovic last year by matchfixing in first class tried to remain.

At the end of 2017 began as a classic investigation into black money and shadowy financial structures, of activity of players ‘ agent, vervelde soon in an investigation into corruption. The federal police listened, according to our information, for months the phones off of topmakelaars Mogi Bayat and Dejan Veljkovic looking for fraud in transfers.

But in the course of the week, took the survey (yet) another twist. Suddenly, it also proved to be possible bribery in football matches.

The court found indications that Dejan Veljkovic – until last year, the huismakelaar of KV Mechelen – active has tried the degradatiestrijd of the previous football season 2017-2018 to influence in favor of KV Mechelen. He would in the days before the decisive final league game of several suspicious contacts have had with bestuurslui of KV Mechelen and Waasland-Beveren. That way he would have tried to ensure that KV Mechelen in 1st class continued. For Veljkovic, who is himself quite a few players of KV Mechelen in his wallet, it was financially important that Mechelen in the Jupiler League continued.

But his plan failed. Mechelen won with 2-0 in the decisive last match of the league against Beveren. But competitor Eupen won against Mouscron with a 4-0 lead and remained in first class on the basis of the goal difference. And so it remained Eupen in first class. In the days after the race, the football world is against Mouscron and Eupen.

Friends with topreferees

But now it seems that the game is (also) on the other side of dirty was played. Or there are effectively cases of corruption, the research will have to determine. But in addition to Veljkovic were yesterday also a number of bestuurslui of KV Mechelen and Waasland-Beveren was arrested for interrogation. With them KV-Mechelen owner Olivier Somers and Beveren-chairman Dirk george chapman.

And there is still more. The survey also found that Dejan Veljkovic a very friendly relationship on hold with the Belgian topreferees Bart Vertenten and Sebastien Delferière The two top-arbitrators were arranged tables with Veljkovic. The court now wants the referees to know why she is so close with a football agent, and – especially – what they in return have done for Veljkovic. A number of suspicious matches is under the microscope held.

Night in cell

Certainly, it is the court yesterday, a hard hitting kick gave them in the shadowy back rooms of the Belgian football world. With the 44 homes that the federal police carried out throughout the country, was the top of the Belgian football world addressed. Mogi Bayat and Dejan Veljkovic sitting in cell. But also the best Belgian referees Sebastien Delferière and Bart Vertenten spent the night in the cell. Just as top trainer Ivan Leko, Club Brugge. Ex-RSC Anderlecht manager Herman Van leuven luc van wassenhoven was, after questioning, released.

Leko is a good friend of real estate agent Dejan Veljkovic and would be aware of many of his affairs. Of leuven luc van wassenhoven did then back in business with Bayat.

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