Sergio Garcia has pleaded his innocence after being accused of match-fixing by Angel Vizcay in court on Friday.
The Catalans’ captain was one of three players singled out for purported acts of corruption during the former Osasuna general manager's testimony, in relation to last season’s La Liga Week 37 match between the two clubs, but he has since released a statement denying the allegations.
“Having been made aware by Cadena SER, during its show ‘El Larguero’, hosted by Jose Ramon de la Morena, of what was said concerning me, in my capacity as a professional footballer, and as to the possible commission of corruption in sport, I state that I have never participated in criminal acts, either with or without relation to sport,” it reads.
“Therefore, from this moment onwards, I am available to the courts in the event that my collaboration may be necessary to clarify or dispel any doubts about the events of which I had become aware of by the programme ‘El Larguero’ on Cadena SER by Jose Ramon de la Morena on March 5 2015.
“I also express that I reserve the appropriate legal right to safeguard both my integrity and image against any individual or legal person who wishes to relate me to any criminal activity.”