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The Daily Bee (October 11th, 2018): Belgium hit with match-fixing and financial fraud scandal

And is the Nations League a good idea?

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  • Match-fixing scandal shocks Belgium

A match-fixing and financial fraud scandal has involved almost all of the Belgian top teams, coaches, officials and referees. The details aren’t clear just yet but the extent of the scandal seems to be dramatic, involving basically every top team from the Jupiler League, including Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League opponent Club Brugge. Ivan Leko, Brugge’s coach has been arrested for the time being. It is not yet clear if it will have any impact of Brugge’s Champions League campaign.

Borussia Dortmund has resumed training after a few days of and some players returned after their injuries, namely Ömer Toprak, Sebastian Rode and Jeremy Toljan. However Marco Reus, Marcel, Schmelzer, Marius Wolf, Christian Pulisic, Shinji Kagawa and Roman Bürki all missed training with Varying injury problems.

Reus, Schmelzer and Bürki are expected to be back when the Bundesliga resumes with an away game at Stuttgart. Pulisic, Kagawa and Wolf however could possibly be out for a bit longer.

Daily Buzz: Today the Nations League resumes play, the creation of the new competition has been controversial and not everybody thinks it’s a good idea. Jürgen Klopp recently called it “The most senseless competition in football”. However on the other hand it allows smaller countries to compete with teams on their level and a chance to qualify for the European championship. What do you think, is the competition a good idea or “senseless”?