They are investigating large-scale corruption and bundt cases at the Belgian football clubs’ authorities, the federal prosecutor announced on Wednesday in Brussels.
57 police actions were carried out in this case: 44 in Belgium, 13 in Cyprus, France, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The operations involved 184 Belgian and 36 foreign police officers.
According to the information, more than one year’s investigation has identified “suspicious financial transactions” or “possible manipulation of matches” in last year’s season. Many have suspected money laundering, corruption, involvement in a criminal organization.
The Belgian public service channel RTBF reported that Croatian coach Ivan Leko, Club Brugge’s coach, was interviewed as several other teams, including several former and current staff members of RSC Anderlecht, Standard Liege and KRC Genk, agents, referees, former lawyers, accountants and journalists.
The prosecution stated that many were detained and questioned, and that the court was to be arrested later.
“Collateral undermines the integrity of sports,” Belgian Justice Minister Koen Geens said on Wednesday.
The scandal broke out only three months after the Belgian national team won the bronze medal at the Russian World Football Championship.