Fortuna Sittard accuses FC Emmen of incentive premium

Fortuna Sittard has filed a complaint with the KNVB football association because FC Emmen would have offered the club an incentive premium just before the last Eredivisie round of play. Such a premium, to stimulate the best possible result, is prohibited according to the regulations of the KNVB. The football association confirms this on Sunday after reporting The Telegraph. The KNVB will inform the prosecutor of professional football, who may decide to open an investigation following the report.

Fortuna closes the season with an away match against Willem II. FC Emmen, with one point less than Willem II, will play against the already relegated VVV in Venlo on Sunday. The club from Drenthe is in sixteenth place, which means participation in the play-offs to avoid relegation. In order to encourage a victory, FC Emmen would have offered Fortuna a premium. If Fortuna won, FC Emmen would end up in a safe fifteenth place.

FC Emmen chairman Ronald Lubbers denies the allegations and states that there has only been “some buzz” between his players and those of Fortuna, reports ANP news agency. Some players would then have submitted the offer for an incentive premium to the management, who would have refused. Lubbers states that there was no official offer to Fortuna, however.

In the past it happened regularly that clubs encouraged each other to achieve the best possible result in their own interest. In addition to premiums, it involved, for example, offering certain goods through sponsors. The KNVB has meanwhile included in the regulations that it is prohibited for clubs among themselves to offer or accept money “and / or one or more services that can be valued in money” and thus “exert direct influence”.

Fortuna Sittard accuses FC Emmen of incentive premium
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