Club Brugge coach Ivan Leko during training. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Belgian police raided football clubs across the country Wednesday and detained the coach of champions Club Bruges, two top agents and others for questioning about financial fraud and possible match fixing. Police carried out a total of 44 searches at leading Belgian clubs and residences, federal prosecutors said in a statement. The raids and arrests, which top-selling Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws said had shaken Belgian football to its core, come just three months after the country reached the World Cup semifinals.Some agents were suspected of hiding commissions on transfers, players' pay and other payments from the Belgian authorities, the prosecutors said.
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