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Match-fixing arrests in Belgium
By Alix Kroeger
BBC News, Brussels

Belgian investigators remove documents from raided premises
Prosecutors seized computers and documents in raids on 20 premises
Police in Belgium have arrested six people and charged two in an inquiry into alleged football match-fixing.

International arrest warrants have also been issued for a businessman and an agent wanted for questioning.

At least five Belgian clubs are now under investigation and more charges are thought likely to follow.

A spokeswoman for the Belgian state prosecutor said they were also looking into possible links with match-fixing in Finland and Germany.

Belgian prosecutors are investigating whether a Chinese businessman, Ye Zheyun, invested in clubs with the intention of fixing matches to benefit Chinese gambling syndicates.

An international warrant has been issued for Mr Ye's arrest.

He was detained last November but released without charge, and is now believed to be in China.

The prosecutions spokeswoman said several players had admitted taking bribes.

They have been questioned and some might be charged next week.

No figures are available for the amounts of money involved.

The prosecutors are still examining computers and accounts seized in raids on 20 premises on Thursday.


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