Two players accused of match-fixing

Two players have been accused of attempting to fix La Liga matches involving Real Betis last season.

Cadena SER alleged on Tuesday that defenders Antonio Amaya and Jordi Figueras met with Osasuna directors, one of whom was identified as Angel Vizcay, and were each offered €250,000 if they could ensure a Betis victory over Real Valladolid in the penultimate round of 2013-14, a claim Amaya denies.

“Let [the LFP] do their inquests. I know something was said, but it was a lie,” insisted the former Wigan man.

“I didn’t meet with any executives from Osasuna. That’s a lie, I don’t know why you’ve called me.

“The team didn’t sell themselves out. I don’t know why I’m talking to you about this.”

The duo were then accused of having been offered more money if they could convince their side into throwing the last match of the season against Osasuna. The Andalucians would record a 4-3 win against their fellow relegation victims but ultimately lose to the Pamplona outfit.

Speaking to the radio station on Tuesday, Vizcay admitted that he recorded a statement of confession to Spain’s Professional Football League (LFP) but refused to divulge the content.

“These are issues that I mentioned there [at the LFP], but I’d prefer not to comment on them,” the former Osasuna official said.

Figueras, who remains a Betis player, made no comment to Cadena SER.

Osasuna are currently being investigated over a sum of €2.5m that they reportedly failed to declare in their accounts. It is not known if this figure relates to the alleged payments.

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