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Report: Courtois’s agent arrested in money laundering case

Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid
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Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois agent has been arrested as part of a money-laundering investigation.

The ugly word corruption is again staining the world of football.

In an investigation into the transfer of striker Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht to Newcastle in 2015, there has apparently been an arrest.

In a report from BBC.co.uk, there were a number of raids in Monaco, Liege, and London, which resulted in two arrests.

One of those people has been named as Christophe Henrotay, the agent of Belgian international and Real Madrid goalkeeping superstar Thibaut Courtois.

Henrotay is being held in Monaco.

In a statement from the Belgian prosecutor’s office, they said:

“The situation principally is focusing on money laundering relating to the sale of football players.”

The London Metropolitan police were also party to the investigation and confirmed:

“The facts involve notably money-laundering operations and private corruption in the context of football player transfers.”
While Newcastle is understood to believe they are not involved in any wrongdoing or suspected of such.
However, over the past 12 months, the Belgian authorities have led raids on other clubs, including Anderlecht, Club Brugge, and Standard Liege.

The Belgium authorities did confirm that there were two arrests, but could not clarify the name of the other person.

Two people have been detained in an inquiry in Belgium into alleged fraud involving the transfer of football players, prosecutors say.

The investigation is one of many being conducted into several European transfers that have taken place.

It is understood that the investigations are nothing do with the players. But more the source of funds and third party involvement in football transfer activity.

Aleksander Mitrovic, Newcastle united
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 25: Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford at St. James Park on November 25, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)