The KNVB have cleared Chelsea and Vitesse Arnhem of having an improper relationship after an investigation.

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solanke vitThe Dutch FA launched an investigation into the sides relationship after former Vitesse owner Merab Jordania claimed Chelsea heavily influenced the Dutch club’s running. Vitesse have loaned several youngsters from the English side over the past few years.

However on Tuesday the KNVB announced that they found no issues, with their investigation finding no written agreements between the clubs, and all loan deals were completed correctly.

The KNVB statement read,”Vitesse have accurately informed the KNVB over its current ownership and legal structure. This is the main conclusion from the independent investigation into the club’s current situation,”

“Vitesse’s legal structure is in compliance with the existing regulations.

“The KNVB and other experts looked into the transfer of the Vitesse shares in 2010 and no irregularities were found during said investigation. Ongoing reports in the media in 2014 prompted the KNVB to open talks with Vitesse again over their organisational structure in the interest of Dutch football’s integrity.

“Vitesse fully cooperated and provided all the necessary documentation, as well as giving insight into the club’s financial transactions between 2010 and 2014.

“The relationship between Vitesse and Chelsea was part of the investigation. The conclusion reached by the KNVB is that there is no evidence Chelsea have control in the policies of Vitesse.

“There is no written agreement between both clubs, but they do cooperate in certain areas, like loaning players. The loan agreements are in accordance with regulations and are similar to loan agreements involving other clubs.”

The KNVB also stated Jordania failed to respond to requests from the association to assist their investigation.

Chelsea youngsters Lewis Baker, Dominic Solanke, Izzy Brown, Nathan and Danilo Pantic are all currently on loan with the Arnhem side.




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