On Thursday, the former trainer for SK Lierse, Paul Put, was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended, on appeal, by the 69th chamber of the Brussels Correctional Tribunal. The man was sentenced by default on the 13th of June to the same punishment and appealed the decision. He is considered guilty of corruption for having played a role in the Belgian match fixing affair of 2004 and 2005. On Thursday the judge confirmed the sentence by default imposed on Paul Put in June. He did state in the new ruling, however, that this sentence will be suspended.
He also sentenced the former trainer to a fine of 11,000 euros and confiscated 50,000 euros, the sum the judge estimates he received for fixing SK Lierse matches.
The judge feels that Paul Put, who was the SK Lierse trainer during the 2004-2005 season and today trains the Burkina Faso national team, is guilty of serious corruption for having fixed football matches in the top Belgian division.
The Chinese businessman Zheyun Ye had asked him to pay several players in his club to deliberately lose matches.
Andy Sanchez (Source: Belga)