‘Dutch football players bet via illegal circuit’

The Dutch football association KNVB said on Friday it had no indications that players were betting on the outcome of their own games, and that betting on the illegal gambling circuit was a matter for the justice ministry.

The association was responding to allegations in the Telegraaf by MVV trainer Robert Maaskant who claims Dutch football professionals are taking part in illegal betting.
‘We can only intervene if players are betting on their own matches,’ the organisation said on its website.
Maaskant’s comments follow the news last week that ADO Den Haag had made a formal complaint about players using the illegal betting circuit. ‘It happens and there is no getting round the fact,’ Maaskant told the paper.
The Dutch state has a monopoly on gambling, with only Lotto and Toto licensed for betting. It regards foreign websites or agencies that offer betting services to Dutch nationals as illegal.
The justice ministry said on Friday it was talking to banks about the possibility of blocking international payments and credit card transactions to foreign internet betting websites.

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