Belgium football transfer: Two arrested in fraud inquiry


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The raids are linked to a probe into the transfer of Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht to Newcastle in (********************)
(********)(*********)(**********)Two people have been arrested in connection with an inquiry in Belgium into alleged fraud involving the transfer of football players.(***********)(**********)They were detained in raids in Belgium, London and Monaco on Tuesday and Wednesday, Belgian prosecutors say.(***********)(**********)They gave no details, but those arrested are said to be a Monaco-based agent and an associate in Belgium.(***********)(**********)Several top Belgian football clubs have been raided over the past year over allegations of transfer fraud.(***********)(**********)The recent police raids included four in Monaco, two in Belgium and one in London.(***********)(**********)Prosecutors said they are connected with an investigation into the £(*************************)m (€(************************)m) transfer of Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic from Belgian club Anderlecht to Newcastle in England in (********************).(***********)(**********)”The facts involve notably money-laundering operations and private corruption in the context of football player transfers,” they said on Wednesday.(***********)(**********)It is understood that Newcastle believe they are not directly connected to the inquiry and as such are not part of the investigation. (***********)(**********)In April, Anderlecht premises were searched in connection with that inquiry. No-one was detained at the time. (***********)(**********)The recent arrests are not linked to an inquiry into suspected fraud involving transfers during the (*******************)-(******************) season, officials say.(***********)(**********)That investigation led to raids at the Anderlecht, Club Bruges and Standard Liège last October.(***********)
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