Former Anderlecht boss Van Holsbeeck charged with financial corruption over transfers

By Samindra Kunti

September 20 – Former Anderlecht general manager Herman Van Holsbeeck has been charged with money laundering, forgery and criminal conspiracy for his alleged role in transfer fraud.

Van Holsbeeck has been released from police custody but must stay away from his football contacts and restrict his bank transactions to what he requires on a daily basis. Van Hansbeeck worked at Anderlecht from 2003 to 2018. Last Thursday, he was detained following raids in Belgium, Monaco and London that led to the arrest of Belgian football agent Christophe Henrotay.

Henrotay is one of Belgium’s leading agents whose clients include Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Yannick Carrasco  and Kevin Mirallas. He was formerly agent for Youri Tielemans, Romelu Lukaku,  Leander Dendoncker  and Michy Batshuayi.

Van Holsbeeck was questioned as part of the inquiry and released but not without preliminary charges.  His lawyer Daniel Spreutels said that Van Holsbeeck denied collecting undue commissions over players’ transfers, according to local media.

Van Holsbeeck has previously been questioned in a wider corruption scandal engulfing the Belgian game with agents Mogi Bayat and Dejan Veljkovic implicated in allegations of match fixing and financial fraud.  At the time he was not charged with any offenses.

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