Dates set for football match fixing hearing

The Belgian Football Association’s Disputes’ Appeals Commission has told the twenty parties that are to be heard in the investigation into alleged match fixing said to have influenced last season’s First Division relegation battle when they will be questioned. An emergency procedure has been started to speed up the proceedings. A final hearing will be held on 28 May with the Commission expected issue a ruling on 30 June.      

Five so-called “intervening parties”, including the football clubs Beerschot Wilrijk and Sporting Lokeren (both of whom could benefit if KV Mechelen and Waasland-Beveren are punished by for example relegation) have until 11:59pm on 9 May to give their evidence in writing.

A week later at 11:59pm on 16 May the 13 parties that are directly implicated (including Waasland-Beveren and KV Mechelen) will have to provide the written conclusion that will serve as their defence.

The first siting in which the player Olivier Myny, the agents Dejan Veljkovic, Evert Maeschalck, Walter Mortelmans and Thomas Troch and the five “intervening parties” will be heard on 18 May.  

On Monday 20 May it will be the turn of KV Mechelen. The solicitors representing Waasland-Beveren will be heard on Tuesday 21 May.

The Belgian FA’s prosecutor Kris Wagner has until 11:59pm on Friday 24 May to give his written response. The Belgian FA’s investigation team will give an oral explanation of its position on Saturday 25 May.

The last evidence will be heard on Monday 27 May. Solicitors representing KV Mechelen and Waasland-Beveren will have the last word on Tuesday 28 May.

The Disputes’ Appeals Commission will have until 30 June to issue a ruling.