Luc Devroe is accused by his ex-club KV Oostende of “signing excessive contracts”. According to the American owner of KVO “you go to jail for such things in the United States”. Devroe, in turn, reacts razor-sharp.
The American owner of KVO is going to court. On the one hand to undo the seizure of their finances, on the other hand against Luc Devroe’s company.
The brokerage offices of Patrick De Koster, Luc Devroe (J&S International) and Didier Frenay (Starfactory Football Management) have had the Ostend bank account blocked. On top of the 1.3 million that the brokers have already collected, they are demanding another 2.3 million euros in commissions from KVO for the transfer of Landry Dimata to Wolfsburg.
That was arranged with the then board, but the new American acquirer does not agree. “I asked the brokers how many hours they worked for this transfer. Of course there was no response.”
“We are not against everyone being paid for the performance they deliver, but there is no basis for the amount paid,” says KVO’s financial director Thorsten Thys.
I asked the agents how many hours they worked for this transfer. Of course there was no response.
According to the contracts, the brokers receive 32 percent of the total transfer amount for Dimata. “In job placement, 5 to 7 percent is common, but nowhere 20 to 30 percent. It can almost be called greediness. Of course this is about things from the past, but at the takeover our American owner said that you can do that for things like that. country goes to jail. “
“We wanted to enter into a dialogue, but got no action. In addition, under false pretenses and harassment, they actually had KVO’s bank account and the first installment of TV money at the Pro League frozen. We can’t get a single bill. pay more. “
“Moreover, they have had double the amount frozen than what they demand. That is why we are already going to the attachment judge in Bruges on Tuesday with the request to release the bill again.”
Devroe: “KVO pulls out all the stops to escape obligations”
In a response to Belga, Luc Devroe bites firmly against himself and sees nothing more or less in the legal action of KVO than a way for the new owner to get out of financial obligations from the past.
“KVO is failing to meet its payment obligations towards co-contractors and is now pulling out all the stops to escape or at least slow it down,” says Devroe.
“A criminal complaint can help very well. As long as the complaint is being investigated, the civil proceedings (of Devroe and De Koster, among others, against KVO) cannot move forward.”
Things are going very wrong with the last acquirer. As payment pressure mounts, KVO’s new foreign acquirer begins to call in a battery of lawyers to attack everyone and everything with the most vulgar tricks.
“All the years that I worked for KVO, every owner of the club (especially Marc Coucke) was aware of everything. Same for the board. Everything happened completely transparent, every contract was perfectly known by the owners at the time, proofread and approved by the license commission. “
“In the meantime, KVO has been taken over several times, has been vetted, passed due diligence investigations three times. I did not receive the slightest comment.
“Things are going very wrong with the last acquirer. As the payment pressure increases, the new foreign acquirer of KVO starts to call in a battery of lawyers to attack everything and everyone with the most ordinary tricks. This is no longer about football.”
“These are football owners out of touch with the story. This is destroying football. I will refute their wrongful allegations in the right forum. As I have done for a lifetime, I will fight honestly and honestly until the last drop is taken from this poison cup. . “