17 May 2019 11:24
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned Belgian club RSC Anderlecht and the Belgian Football Association for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18. RSC Anderlecht was found to have breached, amongst others, article 19 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players in the case of four minor players. The Disciplinary Committee took into account the cooperation of the club and sanctioned RSC Anderlecht with a fine of CHF 200,000. The Belgian Football Association was also found to have breached the rules in connection with minors and was therefore sanctioned with a fine of CHF 230,000. The protection of minors is a key element in FIFA's overall regulatory framework relating to the transfer of players, and the effective enforcement of these rules is paramount, as has also been confirmed on various occasions by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The decisions issued by the Disciplinary Committee were notified today and can be contested before the FIFA Appeal Committee. Anderlecht could miss out on European competition for the first time in 55 years Belgian giants Anderlecht and the country's football association have been raided by police in connection with a money-laundering investigation involving agents and player transfers. A spokesman for the federal prosecutor said it was not linked to the 2018 probe into match-fixing and fraud. The Belgian FA told Reuters that police had taken away documents relating to transfers from its headquarters. Anderlecht said they were cooperating with the investigation.
The prosecutor's spokesman added: "We had some questions for the agents who took care of the transfers. It is a question of money laundering." Anderlecht are Belgium's most successful football club, having won 34 league titles, the Uefa Cup and two Cup Winners' Cups. However, they have recently endured a difficult period having been fined and docked points when crowd trouble forced a match at arch-rivals Standard Liege to be abandoned. They are fifth in the Belgian top flight, and could miss out on qualifying for European competition next season for the first time in 55 years.