Po­lice raid top foot­ball clubs in fraud probe

Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

BEL­GIUM - Bel­gian po­lice raided sev­eral of the coun­try’s most il­lus­tri­ous foot­ball clubs on Wed­nes­day as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into fraud linked to player trans­fers. Fed­eral prose­cu­tors told AFP that well­known foot­ball agent Mogi Bayat, the former man­ager of Sport­ing Charleroi, had been ar­rested in his home. “He was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into foot­ball,” spokesper­son Wenke Roggen said. Bel­gian me­dia, in­clud­ing pub­lic broad­caster RTBF, said po­lice had con­ducted searches in the premises of An­der­lecht, Club Brugge and Stan­dard Liege. Ac­cord­ing to Bel­gian daily De Stan­daard, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched into “fi­nan­cial fraud and money-laun­der­ing in the world of foot­ball.” The main tar­gets of the probe, the re­port says, are 44-year-old Bel­gian-Ira­nian Bayat, along with an­other agent and clubs with which they have done busi­ness.

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