It is 2017, Herman Van Holsbeeck is Anderlecht manager, Dejan Veljković a Serbian agent who has a lot of connections in Belgium and Sébastien Delferière an unscrupulous referee. The three people, linked in rather troubled affairs, all fall into what remains one of the biggest scandals in Belgian football. This Tuesday, sporza and la RTBF reveal a new side of history that had never been released.
In the spring, Herman Van Holsbeeck summons Veljković to his office for a possible extension of Sofiane Hanni. He explains that the contract could be more interesting if the Mauves win the championship, but doubts before the May 14 match against Club Brugge. “This is why he instructs Veljković to ask his friend Delferière “to protect Anderlecht, to whistle properly and not to be intimidated”, writes sporza. The agent runs, and the referee then assures him “Anderlecht will not lose”.
Anderlecht obtained the draw (1-1), before being champion a few days later. Hanni extends for four years in the wake, Veljković recovers 400,000 euros in commission as well as two Rolexes, and Delferière obtains free tickets for Anderlecht’s three Champions League matches as well as parking spaces. Furthermore, RTBF also mentions a Charleroi-La Gantoise rigged five months later by the same referee, who forgot to whistle two obvious penalties that evening.
Surprise: Anderlecht has not won anything since.