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Two players, one manager sacked amid Belgian match-fixing scandal

17 February 2006 19:25

BRUSSELS, Feb 17 (SW) - Anderlecht today sacked two of its players, and Excelsior Mouscron its coach after the three were involved in match-fixing at Lierse last season.

Mouscron manager Paul Put, who was in charge of Lierse last season, along with Anderlecht players Marius Mitu and Laurent Delorge, who both played for Lierse a season ago, were all let go by their respective clubs for their roles in the scandal.

Mitu and Delorge both admitted they were a part of match-fixing last season with Lierse and Anderlecht felt it was in their best interest to let go of the players amid the ongoing investigation.

"We have no confidence in these players and have decided now to terminate their contracts with immediate effect," said Anderlecht general manager Herman van Holsbeeck.

Lierse is one of a number of Belgian top-flight sides under investigation for match-fixing and the process started when an online betting service reported unusually heavy betting volumes for a match between La Louviere and Sint-Truiden in October of this current season.

Put, meanwhile, was sacked for his heavy association with parties involved in the scandal and was let go by Mouscron although he did not admit to having taken part in the match-fixing at Lierse.

"We have spoken with the public prosecutor and as a result of Paul Put being heavily implicated in the current investigation, we have taken this decision," said Mouscron in a statement by a spokesperson on Thursday.

Lierse earlier today also suspended two players and a coach today in connection with the investigation. Goalkeeper Cliff Mardulier, defender Laurent Fassotte and goalkeepers coach Patrick Deman were suspended indefinitely and had their homes search by Belgian police.

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