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Nine arrested in Belgian football fraud

Incidents of match-fixing, money laundering also rampant

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Brussels: Belgian authorities have arrested nine people in relation to a massive financial fraud and match-fixing probe into football.

Three days after an operation targeting nine Belgian clubs, and raids in seven nations, the charges filed include belonging to a criminal organisation, match-fixing, money laundering, and corruption, said federal prosecutor’s spokeswoman, Wenke Roggen.

Those behind bars included three agents and one top division referee. Prosecutors said match-fixing allegations centred on the relegation battle in the top division last season and did not involve a major club.

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