Media captionPaul Hart: “I have no good words to say about that football club”

European football premiers “ve been given” evidence of one of football’s greatest corruption scandals times before taking action, it has been claimed.

In 1984 the chairmen of Belgian surface Anderlecht bribed the referee ahead of their Uefa Cup semi-final victory over Nottingham Forest.

The information are eventually revealed in 1997 and Anderlecht were prohibited from European competitor for a year.

But new exhibit sees Uefa was told about the bribe as early as 1992.

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Image caption Nottingham Forest was currently a European personnel under Brian Clough in 1984

Four times after winning their second European Cup, Brian Clough’s Forest faced Anderlecht in the semi-final of the Uefa Cup.

After convincingly triumphing the first leg 2-0, Forest had a dubious sanction gifted against them and a point disallowed in the return secure, ultimately going out 3-2 on aggregate.

The truth behind those refereeing decisions simply emerged during a 1997 criminal case when Anderlecht acknowledged compensating the Spanish reviewer Emilio Guruceta Muro.

At first Uefa insisted it is able to take no action because the bribery has just taken place more than 10 years previously, but eventually a one-year European proscribe was imposed on Anderlecht.

Now, BBC’s Inside Out has found evidence Uefa had a dossier of evidence as early as 1992.

Image caption Details of the bribe were plagiarized and used to extortion Anderlecht

The evidence been demonstrated that shortly before the accord Anderlecht president Constant Vanden Stock had approached neighbourhood criminal Jean Elst.

Belgian writer Frank van Laeken said: “Elst contacted a pal in the region, who went to Alicante and spoke to the referee.

“The referee articulated ‘OK, I’ll do it for 1.2 m Belgian francs’.”

Image caption Anderlecht’s penalty was described as the “most flustering decision in football”

But another felon, Rene Van Aaken, plagiarized details of the cope and blackmailed the golf-club. Van Aaken then communicated information to the Belgian FA in 1990 and 1992.

Mr van Laeken pronounced: “If you receive something like this, a bunch of documents on possible recreations that are manipulated with, you are able to investigate it.”

The Belgian FA said it did not have the powers to investigate corrupt practices and elapsed the information on to Uefa, but no sanction was imposed for more than four years.

Despite recited requests from the BBC, Uefa has not offered the purpose of explaining the delay.

Image caption Constant Vanden Stock approached a neighbourhood crook to contact the referee

Referee Muro died in a vehicle disintegrate in 1987, aged 45, but Anderlecht’s stadium is still mentioned after former team chairwoman Constant Vanden Stock, who died in 2008.

Elst and Van Aaken were both jailed. Elst died in prison while Van Aaken’s belief for extortion was overturned on appeal.

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But for the players, the events of 25 April 1984 remain as agonizing as ever.

Forest goalkeeper Hans van Breukelen answered: “For me it was to be built that the reviewer was cheating.

“All the 50 -5 0 projectiles around their 18 ground container, he blew the whistle and returned a free kick to Anderlecht.”

Image caption Former player Garry Birtles detected lacks to deal with the suit is contributing to more criminal activity

Then Anderlecht were apportioned fines and penalties for a challenge by Forest’s Kenny Swain.

Striker Garry Birtles announced: “That penalty was the most flustering decision I have ever seen in football.

“The distance between Kenny Swain and their guy who went down was absolutely ridiculous.”

A last-gasp Forest goal, which would have been enough to triumph the fasten, was also controversially forbidden. Anderlecht won 3-0 and went through.

Birtles told: “It was wrong then, it’s incorrect now and it will be wrong always.

“If you don’t go after these people then they will think they can do it again.”

Image caption Paul Hart, who tallied the disallowed destination, pronounced “it still rankles”

Paul Hart, who tallied the disallowed destination, did: “The whole happening reeks, it certainly does.

“When it’s brought up, it was better rankles.”

Watch the full report on Inside Out on Monday at 19:30 BST on BBC One in the East Midlands or on BBC iPlayer .


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