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Investigation into matchfixing is a race against the clock

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Six questions

Why the football association to hurry up with sporting sanctions

Investigation into matchfixing is a race against the clock

Not only the court, the belgian football association still carries plenty of research into possible matchfixing in the degradatiewedstrijd KV Mechelen–Waasland-Beveren. The possible sporting sanctions are heavy: from points deduction to relegation and even deletion. That is why the football association reportedly is still for march 3 a ruling.

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Davy Roef is defeated. But the victory against Waasland-Beveren helped KV Mechelen. Jasper Jacobs/belga

Six questions

Why the football association to hurry up with sporting sanctions

Investigation into matchfixing is a race against the clock

Not only the court, the belgian football association still carries plenty of research into possible matchfixing in the degradatiewedstrijd KV Mechelen–Waasland-Beveren. The possible sporting sanctions are heavy: from points deduction to relegation and even deletion. That is why the football association reportedly is still for march 3 a ruling.

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Nico Tanghe

1. Since when it performs the bondsparket own research and why?

The bondsparket run with a small team some months ago a disciplinary investigation into possible match fixing in the degradatiestrijd from 1A last season. Under the guidance of a research coordinator Ebe Verhaegen of the Royal Belgian Football association (belgian football association) is by the bondsparket whether last year was an attempt to competitievervalsing has been and whether there are people who knew and departed from the obligation to report. After all there is duty in football: anyone who is aware of possible bribery, he says, the bondsparket inform. Those who do not, may be suspended or fined.

2. Who and what is it all investigated?

The bondsparket focuses only on matchfixing, not on money laundering or other financial crimes. Thus, there are strong indications that the match KV Mechelen–Waasland-Beveren on march 11, bribed. Yesterday, in that context, several directors of the above clubs were interviewed. The central research question may be what the parties meant with the now well-known statement. ‘Everything is in order. The kitchen is ordered (football agent Veljkovic on the phone against ex-financial director of KV Mechelen, Thierry Steemans, just after a meeting in the keukenzaak of the wife of the chairman of Waasland-Beveren, Dirk george chapman).

3. Should the bondsparket the criminal investigation wait?

No. The bondsparket can – just as it did in the case of gokchinees Zheyun Ye – a own research (à charge and a discharge of liability) and on the basis of an autonomous action against players and clubs. It should not wait until the end of the criminal investigation, which in theory may last many years. The disciplinary research of the royal belgian football association is independent of the criminal investigation, which became known as “Operation Clean Hands” (DS, 11 October).

To the truth in the omkopingdossier to the top to dig, can the bondsparket a number of resources that the court used – such as phone-tapping – self not use. The disciplinary research relies mainly on their own investigations and on what is now leaked in the press. With add an important extra trump card. The bondsparket of the belgian football association can also rely on an own scheme of spijtoptanten. In the case of Ye was that, at the time, Lierse goalkeeper Patrick Deman.

4. How is it that in the last few weeks as still remained in the criminal investigation?

Like most people have also the researchers around Christmas and new year a few days. In the past weeks kept the court, moreover, mainly concerned with the statements of spijtoptant Dejan Veljkovic, together with Mogi Bayat the key figure in the voetbalschandaal. Veljkovic would tell you everything what he knows. Who claims to be in the coming weeks on their truth is verified by the by Veljkovic cited people with his statements to confront.

Important detail, the bondsparket has also become a civil party in the criminal investigation, which in the long term, full access will get into the full criminal record and also, for example, additional investigations may ask. Or the bondsparket already yesterday to inspect has been given in the case, is not clear.

5. What sporting sanctions risk Waasland-Beveren and KV Mechelen?

On competitievervalsing severe penalties, especially sporty. The member clubs – Waasland-Beveren and KV Mechelen – risk according to the bondsreglement under mandatory relegation, further points deduction and fines of 5 to 20 percent of the clubinkomsten. Even a deletion of the football club belongs to the possibilities. Connected directors and players of the involved clubs are risking a minimum of one year suspension and also non-members (read agents, ed.) can be punished.

The criminal procedure depends on the size of the competitievervalsing and the share that the players, directors and clubs therein have played. If the football association finds that the attempt to bribery is proved, bags the clubs may have to a department. KV Mechelen because it attempted to buy, Waasland-Beveren because he lost to the notification. Whether the bribery was successful or not, in that case, there is nothing from

The procedure goes as follows: if there are enough elements which point to matchfixing and competitievervalsing, the dossier will be brought to the board of Appeal of the belgian football association, which has jurisdiction in the first instance. That then determines the size of the penalties.

6. The football association before the end of the season to make a statement?

Probably. It is already a race against the clock. For the sporting conduct of the competition in 1A and 1B, it is important that any sporting sanctions by the bondsparket for the end of the current football season. Also, because the involved and the aggrieved clubs will still be able to lodge an appeal to the Belgian Court of arbitration for Sport, the double BASS. Making a late decision the start of the new football league (the end of August 2019) may be in jeopardy.

The bond would therefore be before the end of the league in 1B on 3 march – that is all of about six weeks – a decision to want to do. The interviews of players, coaches, staff members, and board members will be there, according to insiders at a very high rate doorgejaagd. But whether that strict timing will be achieved is uncertain. The lawyers of the member clubs and directors may seek judicial vertragingsmanoeuvres to use. Research coordinator Ebe Verhaegen will not tie myself down to a date. “I can only say that the disciplinary inquiry concluded in good time will be.’

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