Match-fixing and Financial Scandal in Belgian Football - Football & Compliance: When Local Issues Raise Universal Questions…

Match-fixing and Financial Scandal in Belgian Football - Football & Compliance: When Local Issues Raise Universal Questions…
Sébastien Ledure & Wouter Janssens 
Lawyers, Cresta Sports Lawyers 
Brussels - Belgium

The context

The summer of 2018 had been particularly pleasant for Belgium and its 11 million inhabitants, with Mediterranean-like temperatures for several months and great pride in the achievement of its national football team, which reached an all-time best third place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, losing only to the later world champions of France. The summer mercato then followed at the reasonable satisfaction of Belgian top tier clubs, who once more managed to transfer some of the finest domestic talents to England, Germany and France, and hence to secure a positive financial transfer balance.[1]

At that time, little did anyone know that the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office was about to shake up Belgian football by publicly divulging the existence of a criminal investigation which it had been conducting with the greatest discretion for several months. With an unprecedented display of...

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