This Friday morning, the Hasselt council chamber will decide, or not, to send Bruno Venanzi to the criminal court, in the case between Standard and Sint-Truiden, as part of the transfer of Edmilson Jr, from the Liège club to Al-Duhail, in August 2018.
The substance of this case is financial, the Trudonnaire club believing to have been wronged by the Liège club. As part of the transfer of the attacking midfielder from Sint-Truiden to Standard in January 2016, 40% of a future sale was expected to go to the Limburg club. Officially, the amount of the passage from Edmilson Jr to Al-Duhail is € 2 million, but it appeared that the sum was rather around € 5.2 million, according to documents obtained by RTBF.
The calculation was quickly done in Sint-Truiden, which claims € 1.28 million in addition to the € 320,000 already obtained on the basis of a transfer to 2 million. The difference between the two amounts is explained by a cooperation agreement between Standard and the Qatari club.
This agreement provided for a Rouches internship in Qatar and the installation of advertising panels in Sclessin. Above all, it made it possible to pay no surplus value in Sint-Truiden, in addition to that already paid. In fact, the signs were hastily put up for a match against Anderlecht, and the camp, for the first team at least, never took place – it was organized for the Espoirs team. , in January 2020 while it was scheduled for January 2019.
Was this convention, which focused on Belgian-Qatari cooperation then a fake, to get around some obstacles and recover some money?
This is what Sint-Truiden thinks, which has taken legal action. The public prosecutor, after having gathered all the elements of the file, came to the following conclusion: the referral of Bruno Venanzi and the Standard to the criminal court for forgery in writing and use of forgery.
The ball is now in the court of the council chamber. If it follows the prosecutor’s requisition, the file will be transferred to the criminal court. The president of Standard could face a heavy fine and / or a suspended prison sentence. He could also benefit from a dismissal, for lack of sufficient evidence, and it is appropriate to recall here the presumption of innocence. A third possibility is the request for investigative duties by the lawyer of the Liège club. Contacted this Thursday, Me Sandra Berbuto did not wish to answer our questions.
Should Standard be worried about the turn of events? According to the regulations, the granting of the license would not be in danger, even in the event of conviction. More generally, for the image, it is a new hard blow which is carried to the president, who is also seeking support to convince new investors.
Standard – St-Trond: additional homework required
Standard’s lawyer, Me Sandra Berbuto, asked for additional duties in the case opposing the Liège club to St-Trond, in front of the Hasselt council chamber. According to Le Soir, the request was made Thursday afternoon, which has the consequence of postponing the hearing to a date to be determined.
As a reminder, St-Truiden has filed a complaint against the Standard, in connection with the transfer of Edmilson Jr to Al-Duhail. The Trudonnaire club feels aggrieved about a greater capital gain that it was supposed to obtain.
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Edmilson Jr’s transfer to Al-Duhail: Bruno Venanzi’s hearing is postponed