Former Dutch star Patrick Kluivert, currently director of football at French club Paris Saint-German, owned up to one million euros to a criminal gang after racking up debts betting on football, a Dutch newspaper said Sunday.
De Volkskrant said the gang applied threats to pressure Kluivert in order to recoup the debt which he had repaid in part.
The newspaper said investigators had no proof the former player was involved in illegal match-fixing and his lawyer was quoted as saying his client was “only a victim in this affair.”
Prosecutors arrested five suspects in February in connection with the affair and during their probe uncovered documents linking the gang to Kluivert, who was called in for questioning, but “purely as a witness,” his lawyer Gerard Sprong insisted.
The newspaper, citing confidential judicial documents and anonymous sources, said Kluivert, the coach of Dutch club FC Twente’s reserve team at the time, placed bets on the first team’s games in 2011 and 2012.
The activity was not illegal at the time, the newspaper said, but the former Barcelona star striker lost heavily and has since repaid part of the debt.
However, the criminal gang was engaged in match-fixing, and applied “enormous pressure” on Kluivert” to repay the debt in full,” the paper said.
It said the gang threatened to release a tape in which Kluivert, 40, a former assistant Dutch national coach, is heard discussing the debt.
Former Dutch and Barcelona forward Patrick Kluivert, currently director of football at Paris Saint-German, owned up to one million euros to a criminal posse subsequent to racking up debts betting on football, a Dutch daily paper said Sunday.
De Volkskrant said the gang issue a threat to pressurise Kluivert with a specific end goal to recover the debts which he had reimbursed to a limited extent.
The daily paper said investigators had no verification the Ex-player was involved in unlawful match-fixing and his legal advisor was cited as saying his client seemed to be “only a victim in this issue.”
Prosecutors captured five suspects in February regarding the issue and amid their test revealed documents connecting the group to Kluivert, who was brought in for questioning, however “simply as a witness,” his legal counsellor Gerard Sprong insisted.
The daily paper, referring to confidential legal documents and unknown sources, said Kluivert, the coach of Dutch club FC Twente’s reserve team at the time, place bets on the first team’s games in 2011 and 2012.
The action was not illegal at the time, the daily paper stated, but rather the former Barcelona star striker lost intensely, and has since reimbursed some portion of the debt.
Nonetheless, the criminal gang was engaged with match-fixing, and applied “Enormous pressure” on Kluivert” to repay the debt in full,”
It said the gang threatened to release a tape in which Kluivert, is heard discussing the debt issue.
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