Club Brugge lose points in first match after football scandal

"I am 200 percent ready for this match", Club Brugge coach Ivan Leko had told reporters before the clash with Waasland-Beveren, but his team played a dull match, and the defending champions were held to a draw by modest Waasland-Beveren yesterday (1-1). 

After the scandal had broken out, early last week, some suggested to postpone this day of play in the top flight, but in the end all the matches are going ahead as scheduled (last weekend, the games in second division had been scrapped). 

Champions Club Brugge were the first to play, hosting modest Waasland-Beveren of young caoch Emilio Ferrera. Brugge played a poor match, eventually climbing ahead through playmaker Hans Vanaken, but Waasland equalised and came close to the winning goal when they hit the bar. 

Brugge coach Ivan Leko was put behind bars by investigators, in connection with possible fraud. Leko has a link with the football agent Dejan Veljkovic, one of the spiders in the web. He was released after spending one night in prison, but is facing charges of fraud. When he returned to the club, he received a warm welcome from the fans, and he told a press conference he was 200 percent ready for the game. However, Club Brugge had a bad day yesterday (or was there an impact after all?) and were left with a poor draw. Leaders KRC Genk can extend their lead to 3 points this weekend.

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