Lierse wishes to briefly react on the article which was published in today’s edition of “Het Laatste Nieuws”, entitled “Betting mafia active again in Belgium”, in which the match Lierse – Lokeren of 10 September 2011 is mentioned.
Lierse was never contacted about the elements that are mentioned in this article, nor by public prosecutor's office, nor by the police or the Belgian Football Federation. The management of Lierse was at no point in time, and by none of its players, informed about any contact or possible attempt to match-falsification.
Lierse notes that the said article did not even specify whether the alledged approximation by criminals targeted a Lierse, or a Lokeren-player.
Lierse is evidently most willing to cooperate in any form of investigation by the public prosecutor’s office or the Belgian Football Federation, just as the club cooperated actively in 2010, in an undercover-operation of the judicial services, which successfully thwarted an attempt to bribery.
Lierse has, earlier today, contacted the competent authorities. From these contacts, we provisionally conclude that no investigation of whatever form has been initiated thus far.
If, in the future, it would become clear that a player of Lierse is suspected of involvement in this case, the club will evidently and immediately undertake the necessary steps. Lierse however wishes to stress that at the present moment, there is no element whatsoever, which points in the direction of such involvement.