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Police raids in seven countries in Belgian football probe

AFP  |  Brussels 

Police carried out raids in seven countries Wednesday as Belgian prosecutors targeted the country's biggest football clubs as part of an investigation into fraud and match-fixing.

A total of 220 police officers carried out 44 house searches across as well as in France, Luxemburg, Cyprus, Montenegro, and Macedonia, Belgian prosecutors said.

"A great number of persons have been deprived of their liberty and taken in for a thorough interrogation," the statement said.

Federal prosecutors told AFP that the arrests included well-known football agent Mogi Bayat, the former of Sporting Charleroi, who had been arrested in his home.

Bayat, a 44-year-old Belgian-Iranian, was the main target of the probe, Belgian said, along with another agent and clubs with which they did business.

Belgian media, including public broadcaster RTBF, said police had conducted searches in the premises of ten clubs including Anderlecht, and Standard Liege.

At Standard Liege, reports in daily said police seized contracts involving players Obbi Oulare, and that were all linked to Bayat.

reported that prosecutors also confirmed the arrests of Herman Van Holsbeeck, former of Anderlecht, the current coach Ivan Leko, and referees and

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 16:20 IST