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Dutch clubs cleared after match-fixing probe

india Updated: Aug 09, 2006 18:49 IST
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Three first division clubs have been cleared after an investigation into alleged match-fixing in Dutch football.

A court in The Hague found no evidence of match-fixing against the sides - ADO The Hague, FC Utrecht and Willem II Tilburg.

The inquiry was sparked after the former partner of a player alleged cases of match-fixing.

Investigators examined the lifestyles of certain players whose lavish spending seemed incompatible with their take home pay.

Some players for average clubs from the Dutch first and second divisions were reported to have splashed out on villas for cash and drove luxury cars while their income was relatively low.

But ANP reported that there was no proof that they players had been bribed or had been approached to influence the result of matches.

The Dutch authorities estimate that at least five illegal gambling syndicates generating some 40 million euros a year were in operation in the Netherlands.