The coach of La Gantoise Hein Vanhaezebrouck, meanwhile, is being prosecuted for having been excluded during a match and for having potentially questioned the integrity of the technical director of arbitration, Bertrand Layec. The Disciplinary Council will decide “within a reasonable time”.
Vrancken had mentioned in the media “a shameful conflict of interest”, in reference to Nathan Verboomen. “Apparently, he works for a company (6D Sports Nutrition, editor’s note) which has Royal Antwerp FC as a client,” said the president of Beerschot at the time.
Vrancken had been acquitted by the disciplinary committee because his remarks would fall under freedom of expression, but the federal prosecutor’s office had decided to appeal and request a three-month suspension, including one effective.
Hein Vanhaezebrouck was tried for two offences. On the one hand, for being sent off during the match against Racing Genk, leaving the pitch too slowly and continuing to criticize the referee afterwards. He is also being prosecuted for having criticized referee boss Bertrand Layec in an interview. According to the prosecutor, he questioned Layec’s integrity by calling him a liar.
The disciplinary committee found the Ghent coach guilty and sentenced him to one effective match suspension and two suspended sentences. On appeal, his lawyer said that, on the one hand, the criticism of Genk was not excessive and that on the other hand, the Belgian coach did not refer directly to Layec and that he did not there had been no breach of his integrity.