Jan 16, 2023 at 5:44 PMUpdate: 2 hours ago
The Eredivisie CV wants clubs to include a gambling ban in the contracts with players. The call follows after it was announced on Sunday that 25 players from the Eredivisie and Kitchen Champion Division have been betting on duels in which they played themselves or on matches in their own competition in recent months.
According to director Jan de Jong of the Eredivisie, the current player contracts only contain a reference to the regulations of FIFA and UEFA, which prohibit gambling on duels of one’s own team or from one’s own competition.
“We have wanted to make it explicit for some time, so it should be clear,” says De Jong. “Better safe than sorry! Players then sign a contract, which states that they will not gamble on football matches. In our opinion, there can no longer be ignorance.”
According to the Gaming Authority, six players from the Eredivisie have recently gambled on matches, according to a document received by NOS. In the Kitchen Champion Division, the second professional level, there are no less than nineteen football players.
In some cases, the reports were so suspicious that the police are investigating. Football Association KNVB is aware of the reports, but is not aware of the details. Betting offices are not allowed to share information about players, the matches and the stakes. As a result, the KNVB cannot take any further steps.
Tom Beugelsdijk was previously suspended for gambling on matches from his own league. Photo: Pro Shots
Players union starts campaign
Players’ union VVCS has been visiting the clubs since November to better inform players about gambling. After the number of gambling players came out via the NOS on Sunday, the association received several calls from professional clubs.
“Clubs contact us, among other things with questions about player contracts. Whether or not something has been included about betting on matches. They immediately started checking that. In the future, I think this will be better looked at when signing contracts.”
Earlier, defender Tom Beugelsdijk was suspended for five games because he gambled online on Dutch matches. Jordy Clasie did the same and was sidelined for two games.
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