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Dutch soccer players involved in actions held at illegal gambling site: report

Several Eredivisie football players were implicated in illegal gambling site Edobet, which is now defunct, AD reports. Sparta Rotterdam players Tom Beugelsdijk and Aaron Meijers owned shares in the company. And AZ player and international Oranje Jordy Clasie transferred 30,000 euros to an Edobet account, the newspaper wrote based on purchase contracts and bank transactions.

Last year, authorities linked Edobet to a criminal organization believed to be headed by Piet S. from The Hague. S. is accused of large-scale drug trafficking. According to authorities, his son Freddy S. founded the gaming company in 2017.

According to AD, Beugelsdijk and Meijers bought 1% and 2% of Edobet shares respectively. Beugelsdijk agreed that his share would be paid after his professional football career. The gambling site also offered shares to other footballers, the newspaper wrote. For example, Ricardo Kishna of ADO DEN Haag was offered a stock contract for 50,000 euros which he ultimately did not sign.

According to broadcaster NOS, Beugelsdijk and Meijers could face hefty fines from FIFA if they actually own shares in the illegal gambling site. They also run the risk of being banned from football for years. Dutch football association KNVB would not comment to NOS except that “in theory” they are investigating whether FIFA rules have been broken.

Sparta Rotterdam told the broadcaster that Beugelsdijk and the mayors were not employed by Sparta at the time of the investments. “Both players have indicated that the amounts invested are only intended for temporary investment after their active football careers,” a club spokesperson said. “They also both said they are not currently shareholders in the now-defunct company.”