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Belgium's match-fixing investigation sees influential football agent questioned

Investigators questioned one of Belgium's most influential football agents on Thursday, a day after senior figures were detained on suspicion of fraud and possible match-fixing in the country's top flight.

Mogi Bayat, a high profile figure who has brokered a series of player transfers in the country, faced questions on Thursday morning, his lawyer said.

Belgian police raided 44 Belgian clubs and residences across the country on Wednesday, while a further 13 searches took place in France, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia.

The lawyer of former Anderlecht general manager Herman Van Holsbeeck told broadcaster RTL his client had been released on Wednesday after giving information about transfers and contracts. Ivan Leko, the coach of Brugge, was also questioned. 

A statement from Brugge said: "We have nothing to hide. Everything is pure. Of course, we are cooperating. The investigators wanted to inspect contracts and invoices, which we have given, which will show that everything is clean and in order."

Part of the investigation has focused on an extraordinary end to the regular season in Belgium's top division in 2017-18. Mechelen were relegated on goal difference after they won their final match 2-0, while Eupen scored four goals in the last 20 minutes against Royal Excel Mouscron to win 4-0 and survive relegation. 


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