Monday May 6 2013
‘Considerable evidence against Levante’

Spanish Football League chief Javier Tebas says there is ‘considerable evidence’ against Levante’s players that might take them to trial for match fixing.

It emerged last week that the LFP have forwarded on information gathered on the Levante-Deportivo game from mid-April to the Anti-corruption Office to investigate signs of match fixing, with the accusation against unnamed players from Levante.

Commenting on the situation today, the newly-elected LFP President is keen to see action taken in this instance, as part of his belief that it is a widespread issue in Spanish football. 

“I will not go into details because that would hurt the investigation,” began Tebas to Cadena Ser’s program El Laruero, that originally broke the news of the allegations last week.

“That game, since before it was played, was under investigation. I’m convinced that this time I will be able to prove it.

“There is considerable evidence that we hope will result in a trial. The biggest hint is that a player himself has accused his peers and repeatedly so, that’s very important. The value of a trial would be to consider others.

“That [Javier] Barkero later retracted his accusation does not mean anything.”

Tebas revealed that he has had several discussions with Levante President Quico Catalan.

“About what? It’s a very sensitive issue. It is not only me that wants to end this [match fixing], as many clubs are suffering, trying to make the best of things and ending up in trouble at the end of the season unfairly.

“Depor? No-one has accused them of anything. I am speaking not only of fraud but also on the subject of betting.

“It needs to be realised that in any case of corruption the details will not be published with a megaphone.

“The only thing that has been released has been the accusation against the players from the same team.”

Football Italia website