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A crook at FC Nantes?

Unofficial sports director of FC Nantes, Mogi Bayat is suspected of corruption within the framework of Footbelgate, the scandal of alleged fraud in Belgian football.

The RTBF will broadcast this Wednesday evening a documentary devoted to Footbelgate, the scandal of alleged fraud in Belgian football. In this report, some extracts of which are relayed by the Belgian press, there will be a lot of talk about Mogi Bayat, and in particular the role played by the powerful Franco-Iranian agent during the championship playoffs in 2014.

“Several players question the 2013-2014 playoffs won by Anderlecht at the end of a breathless final sprint (Les Mauves were 10 points behind at the end of the regular season, note). Several questions arise: could certain matches have been rigged? And above all, what role did Mogi Bayat play in this? “, wonders the documentary, relay Le Soir.

Watches offered to players, for what purpose?

In the report, a player clearly blames the one who is best known in France for his role at FC Nantes: “There are several players who say that Mogi Bayat offered watches. Afterwards, I don’t know if it was to win or lose, but in any case it was to influence matches. For sure. ” And the RTBF drives the point home: “Anonymously, a former leader of the Pro League wanted to testify. He explains that Mogi Bayat had explained to him that he had the power to decide who was going to be relegated that season. So did the omnipotent agent also have the power to influence the title race? The question remains unanswered. “

In France, Mogi Bayat (whose brother was between 2019 and 2021 president of the Belgian football federation) certainly does not have the same power as in Belgium, but he has great influence in FC Nantes. His name doesn’t appear anywhere in the Canaries’ organizational chart, but he is the unofficial sporting director of Waldemar Kita’s club.

He was involved in many transfers of players from Belgium (Limbombe, Coulibaly, Emond, El-Ghanassy …), and even in some sales, like that of Imran Louza, sent this summer to Watford, a club where Mogi Bayat also has its entrances. Bayat, like another agent Bakari Sanogo, is present at practically all FCN matches at Beaujoire, and frequently accompanies Antoine Kombouaré’s men on the move.

Read also: Limbombé, the strange record transfer from FC Nantes

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