UEFA: no fraud in Belgium Jupiler League

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The European Football Association UEFA has announced that there are no indications into a possible bribe scandal in the Jupiler League. The news came via the Dutch Football Association, the KNVB. There were also rumors of gambling and corrupt practices in the Dutch first division.

KNVB director Henk Kesler said in November that two more matches in the Jupiler League were suspected of involving corrupt practices. He held many meetings with investigative journalist Declan Hill and UEFA expert Karl Dhont.

Late last year, matches in the Jupiler League were connected with possible betting activities in Asia. In Eindhoven and Oss 'Chinese-ringers' were called in the stands via mobile phones directly to report on details of the relevant matches.

The five matches suspected of involvement from the Jupiler League were: FC-SC Cambuur Oss (4-5), FC Den Bosch-VVV Venlo (0-5), FC Eindhoven Fortuna Sittard (2-4), FC Eindhoven, FC Den Bosch (1-7) and BV Veendam-FC Den Bosch (2-4). However, certain elements of the media claim that nothing concrete was exposed.

Across Europe currently 200 suspicious matches are being investigated.

Although UEFA has found no concrete evidence, the KNVB is undertaking further research. "Would it be logical to think that corrupt practices could take place in Germany, Belgium and Switzerland but never occur in the Netherlands?", said a spokeswoman for the KNVB.

"That's why we want to dig deeper into the matter. Simultaneously we should not think that within one month all the facts will appear on the table. The KNVB takes the matter seriously, so it is important not to rush any steps."

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