Molina defends Betis teammates

Real Betis captain Jorge Molina has come to the defence of current and former teammates accused of match-fixing. “I’d put my hand in the fire for them.”

It has been alleged that Jordi Figueras, who remains at the club, and Antonio Amaya, who now represents Rayo Vallecano, were involved in an attempt to rig matches to preserve the club’s top-flight status.

Figueras has yet to comment on the accusation while Amaya has issued a public denial, and Molina told a Press conference that the pair have the full backing of the club.

“We have given full support to Jordi, just like Antonio,” he revealed, AS reports.

“It’s a complicated situation and no one likes it, but there’s nothing. I would put my hand in the fire for any of my teammates.”

Molina did admit he had discussed the situation with the Betis President, Juan Carlos Ollero, but stressed the team need to focus on the Segunda.

“There was a discussion with the President but it wasn’t important. We must focus on [next opponents] Girona because we’ve a lot to play for this season,” he added.

“Speculation is dangerous. It can affect the routine of the team but we are professional and we have to focus on ourselves.”

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