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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hiddink, RFU Brush Off Tax Fraud Claims

Russia coach Guus Hiddink confirmed over the weekend that he was being investigated for unpaid taxes in the Netherlands.

"When I lived abroad for 10 years, first in Spain and then South Korea, I paid taxes to the treasuries of those countries without fail," Hiddink told Sovietsky Sport on Saturday.

"Then I returned to the Netherlands, where I also paid my taxes. Now [the Dutch authorities] are demanding taxes from me for the period that I spent abroad," he said.

Hiddink denied the allegations and accused investigators of using the situation to raise their profile.

"For me, this situation is totally unimportant. I am certain of my innocence. It's only important for the Dutch authorities, who have apparently decided to use the opportunity to gain popularity," he said.

The Russian Football Union backed its man.

"We hope that the action against Hiddink won't in any way hinder the preparation of the national team and the conflict will quickly blow over," said RFU spokesman Andrei Malosolov by telephone Monday.

"We think that the whole situation arose from the complex tax system in operation in the Netherlands."

Hiddink's agent, Cees van Nieuwenhuizen, said last week that Dutch prosecutors had scheduled a preliminary hearing for Sept. 15.

Hiddink was in Moscow over the weekend to watch Russian players ahead of the national team's Euro 2008 qualifying campaign that is slated to begin Sept. 6 against Croatia.