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Thursday May 2 2013
Levante investigated for match fixing?

Levante’s 4-0 defeat at home to Deportivo in mid-April will reportedly be investigated by the Spanish Anti-corruption Office on suspicion of match fixing.

The Spanish Football League (LFP) and Players’ Association (AFE) met this week and were reported as discussing the issue of the Week 31 match at Ciutat de Valencia, that saw Los Granotes lose 4-0 to relegation strugglers Depor.

Marca and Superdeporte say that the LFP and AFE have decided to send all possible information on to the Anti-corruption Office to investigate any signs of match-fixing and to take appropriate action.

El Larguero report that the LFP have had this particular game under investigation since before it was played, whilst there is also the suspicion that some Levante players had their phones tapped.

It is reported that Levante, who have won just one of their last 12 games, may have also had players ‘bought’ for more than just the game against Depor too.

The LFP’s new President Javier Tebas has made clear that in office he will now follow up his belief that match fixing exists in Spanish football.

This news follows up the revelation that Levante’s Javier Barkero twice accused several of his teammates of not trying against Depor. The midfielder yesterday came out to apologise and retract his accusation.

Levante will reportedly hold an emergency board meeting this evening to address the situation.

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