Multiple Belgian clubs raided as top agent is arrested in match fixing probe

Belgian authorities have raided multiple football clubs around the country in a fraud and match-fixing probe.

One of the country’s most influential agents, Mogi Bayat, has been arrested.

Anderlecht, Standard Liege, Gent, Genk and Club Brugge are among the clubs implicated.

There are charges of fraud, money laundering and tax evasion to answer with Anderlecht and Standard Liege – Belgium’s two biggest clubs – seeing their offices raided on Wednesday morning.

Bayat is a former director at Charleroi and has been a key figure in many Belgian transfers over recent years.

Another agent, Dejan Veljkovic, has also been interviewed by police, per reports in Belgium.

Other people under interrogation reportedly include Club Brugge coach Ivan Leko and two referees, including Bart Vertenden, who took charge of Celtic’s Champions League qualifier against Rosenborg.

Brugge chairman Bart Verhaeghe told TV channel VTM Nieuws: "Club Brugge will give full cooperation to the investigation and has nothing to hide."

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