Football clubs of the national team of Ukraine can withdraw the license for financial fraud
Six clubs at a time from the Belgian Liga Jupile risk being deprived of their professional license and sent back to the first amateur league. In addition to Genk, Standard, Charleroi and Kortrijk, they include two teams in which Ukrainian footballers play – Gent Roman Bezus and Brugge Eduard Sobol.
Who is suspected
The bosses’ teams were at the center of a long investigation into suspected money laundering, corruption and match-fixing under the name ‘Clean Hands’.
This operation has been going on for four years, and during this time the police have managed to carry out a considerable number of searches and interrogations.
Among the main suspects in this case are Brugge president Bart Verhage and Brugge CEO Vincent Mannart, Charleroi president Mehdi Bayat, Ghent CEO Michel Luvagi, Standard president Bruno Venanz and Kortrijk CEO Matthias Leterme.
What threatens the teams
If officials are found guilty and at that time they will be members of the boards of directors and have a stake in their clubs, then these ndy’s will be deprived of professional licenses and sent to the amateur division.
After all, according to the regulations, a club can be denied a license if “an associated legal person has been convicted of money laundering, human trafficking or gang formation less than three calendar years before applying for a license.
If these teams are punished, then Bezus and Sobol will most likely look for other options to continue their careers.