The Algemeen Dagblad has published an article in which the involvement of two honorary television footballers in an illegal gambling platform has been unveiled. It would be about the Edobet platform, which was canceled at the end of last year because the website would be connected to the criminal organizations in The Hague.
Contracts and bank transactions
The players who had bought shares in Edobet included Tom Beugelsdijk and Aaron Meijers, who both play for Sparta Rotterdam. In addition, other Eredivisie players, including AZ-CLULUL MEP Jordy Classie, have deposited money into a bank account of Edobet according to the article by Ad Grote Sommen.
For example, Clasie would have transferred an amount of Fast payoutless than $ 30,000 to Edobet to it online Casino. According to the AD, this is demonstrable after having investigated the football player after contracts and bank transactions. The AZ player himself would also have gambled money on the platform.
Piet S. and Freddy S.
At the end of 2021, it was revealed that Edobet had connections with Piet S. in The Hague and his criminal organization that is being investigated by the judiciary on suspicion of large -scale drug trafficking. The son of Piet S., Freddy S., would, according to the persons involved, be behind the establishment of the illegal platform.
During the investigation into Piet S. and his criminal company, ex-top football players Wesley Sneijder and Dirk Kuijt had to appear in order to take a witness this had to do with the fact that the players would have regularly deployed money via Edobet.
According to the AD, the research into Edobet has shown that many of the professional football players were more closely involved in the gambling site than initially thought. For example, Sparta club member Tom Beugelsdijk would have bought 1% of the Edobet shares, and Sparta trainer Eric Meijers even 2% of the shares.
In addition, Beugelsdijk had concluded a deal with the company that would be paid out in this through a special pension fund for top football players as soon as his career had ended as a professional football player.
Response from the KNVB
Edobet would also have approached top football players to put their shares in the company. Ricardo Kishna, player at ADO Den Haag, would, for example, have been offered a contract for $ 50,000 in shares. Kishna did not ultimately choose to sign this contract, even though he would have played regularly with Edobet.
The KNVB has already commented on the Edobet fiasco, but in his statement has not mentioned anything about possible consequences that the players involved could expect:
“It is extremely worrying that professional football players Gambling At illegal gambling companies or shareholders are in an (illegal) gambling company. Unsplained gambling sites are forbidden anyway. If players are also a shareholder, they are actually part of an illegal and therefore forbidden organization. If that organization also has a relationship with football, that could also be regarded as a conflict of interest. This makes that a disciplinary violation. "