Match-fixing investigation continues

Players involved in Real Zaragoza’s final day La Liga victory at Levante in May 2011 could face up to two years in prison, according to reports in Spain.

Zaragoza’s 2-1 win at the Valencia-based club on 17 April 2011 helped save them from relegation with the match the subject of intense scrutiny from Spain’s anti-corruption authorities.

The case has recently been reopened after two years due to apparent new evidence emerging, with Marca reporting a two-year prison sentence and six-year ban from football are likely punishments if found guilty.

42 individuals are involved in the investigation including Atletico Madrid captain Gabi, midfielder Ander Herrera who is now at Manchester United, River Plate's Leonardo Ponzio and Leicester City's Vicente Iborra.

A sum just shy of €1m is reported to have been paid for the result with suspicious banking activity detected involving those involved with both clubs, while Levante’s accounts for the period are said to be ‘suspiciously low’.

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