Belgium striker Tuur Dierckx jailed for holding lockdown party after cops raid flat to find 14 guests breaking rulesMarch 22, 2021
BELGIAN striker Tuur Dierckx has been sent to PRISON … for holding a lockdown party.
The former Club Brugge and Belgium Under-21 ace currently plays for KVC Westerlo.
But the second-tier promotion hopefuls will now be without their star after a court sentenced him to a month behind bars for breaking coronavirus rules.
According to Nieuwsblad a judge in Antwerp heard how police raided the player's flat in the city last December after neighbours reported a late-night gathering.
They found 14 guests, including four other footballers and three women from Holland.
Dierckx told the court he has recently spent a day at a hospital seeing Covid-19 patients receive treatment, and recognised his mistake in hosting the party.
Prosecutors had called for him to be locked up for three months and fined £3,600.
But the court handed him a month-long jail term and a £700 fine, while his guests were fined lesser amounts.
His lawyer Carl De Munck said: “It was a harsh sentence, but in line with the verdicts in similar cases.”
Westerlo managing director Wim Van Hove added: “We don't want to downplay what happened, but we think it is a stiff punishment.
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“It clearly seems to be similar to comparable cases, so it is only logical.
“We won't punish Tuur any further.
“We have already come down hard on him and fined him an undisclosed amount.”
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