It was one of those detained in the course of the investigation, referee Bart Vertenten, who got his lawyer to argue a fair investigation was in jeopardy. Vertenten's lawyer argued that it was inadmissible that an investigating magistrate, who served for Vertenten's employer, could decide over his fate.
The public prosecutor claimed that the attempt to remove the magistrate from the case was inadmissible adding that the licensing commission has nothing to do with referees. The appeal court however ruled in Vertenten's favour. A second magistrate has been on the case since questions were raised and he will now pursue the investigation.