Police investigating alleged match-fixing and corruption raid ten clubs in Belgian Jupiler Pro league

Brugge boss Ivan Leko has been taken into custody for questioning after a series of dawn raids across the country this morning.

Two Fifa referees and two agents are also being questioned by authorities following a dramatic morning which has seen the whole of Belgian football thrown into turmoil.

Of the 16 clubs in the Jupiler Pro League, ten have been subjected to raids by police so they can comb through documents.

It is claimed by various outlets in Belgium that police are conducting investigations into alleged money laundering and match fixing.

Agent Mogi Bayat, regarded as one of the most powerful transfer brokers in the country, has been arrested along with a second intermediary Dejan Veljkovic.

It has also been claimed that former Anderlecht boss Herman Van Holsbeeck is another who has been taken into custody.

And officers are also understood to have visited the homes of referees Sebastien Delferiere and Bert Vertenten, with both being arrested for further questioning.

Vertenten is on the Uefa list of officials and took charge of Celtic's Champions League qualifying game against Rosenburg in July.

Belgium's refereeing boss Johan Verbist said: "I'm currently following everything through the media, so I can not confirm the news.

"I have not yet been able to contact the refs whose names are circulating, and if they have actually been picked up, it is logical that they cannot answer calls."

Club Brugge said in a statement: "Of course, we are fully cooperating with the investigation.

"Ivan Leko is not at the club today and would also be questioned in the context of the same investigation. If we hear further official news, we will share that."

Anderlecht, Ghent, Genk and Lokeren are among the other clubs who have been raided by authorities – throwing chaos around the entire top division in the country.

Just six of the sides in the Jupiler Pro League have not been searched. There is no suggestion at this stage whether any of the clubs are under investigation or if the searches were just to gain access to documents.

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