“I am pleased and very grateful that the court is keeping up the pace in this case”, says Anderlecht owner Marc Coucke.
“Unfortunately, this step confirms what we have felt for years after the takeover. That we have had difficult years, that corpses have fallen out of the closet with unsavory practices. These have had a lot of consequences.”
Are these practices the basis of the current (read: sporting) malaise of Anderlecht? “I don’t want to hide behind that,” Coucke replies. “Anderlecht should never be 11th in the ranking. We have to work very hard to turn that situation around.”
“We are partly still dragging those practices along on a financial and structural level,” the RSCA owner continues. “Yet if those practices are proven, then everything will be done to recover that damage.”
“I would also have preferred that the takeover had gone smoothly and that we were now experiencing good times. Also for our supporters.”
Is Coucke going through tough times himself? “Unfortunately it is part of it. We will work hard to right any wrongs they have done to the club.”
What is going on? The sale of football club Anderlecht is said to have been fraudulent. Former manager Herman Van Holsbeeck, among others, is suspected of fraud and forgery, among other things. The public prosecutor now wants to take the case to court.