Belgium soccer switch: Two arrested in fraud inquiry

Aleksandar Mitrovic playing for Anderlecht in 2015

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The raids are linked to a probe into the switch of Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht to Newcastle in 2015


Two individuals have been detained in an inquiry in Belgium into alleged fraud involving the switch of soccer gamers, prosecutors say.

One, gamers’ agent Christophe Henrotay, was held in Monaco. The opposite is claimed to be an affiliate in Belgium.


They have been detained throughout raids on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Prosecutors mentioned the arrests stem from an ongoing inquiry into the £13m (€18m) switch of striker Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht to Newcastle in 2015.

“The info contain notably money-laundering operations and personal corruption within the context of soccer participant transfers,” they mentioned on Wednesday.

A search was additionally carried out in London, the place a Metropolitan Police spokesman mentioned they have been aiding the Belgian investigation.

It’s understood that Newcastle consider they aren’t instantly linked to the inquiry.

In April, Anderlecht premises have been searched. No-one was detained on the time.

A separate inquiry into suspected fraud involving transfers in the course of the 2017-2018 season led to raids on premises linked to Anderlecht, Membership Bruges and Customary Liège final October.