Match fixing scandal rocks Spain – Valencia players implicated

A match-fixing scandal has hit Spanish football with Valencia’s final day win at Real Valladolid among the games under suspicion, say reports in Spain.

The Espejo Público programme on TV station Antena3, claims that authorities are monitoring the match which saw Los Che win by two goals and qualify for the Champions League.

Valladolid were already safe from relegation, having won at Rayo Vallecano the previous week, and it is claimed several of their players are under investigation.

The report claims that there is no suspicion that officials of either club were involved in any ‘fixing’ process, but that it would solely have been between the players.

The news comes on the same morning as 11 people were arrested for alleged match fixing in Spain including the president of Huesca, as cited by El Pais.

The other names include former Spain and Real Madrid player Raul Bravo and Borja Fernandez, who retired from football and ironically his final game was for Valladolid against Valencia.

Carlos Aranda, a Real Madrid youth product who played for several top flight clubs and Íñigo López Montaña, a player of Deportivo de La Coruña and formerly of Huesca were also among the detainees.

Agustín Lasaosa, president of the Huesca and Juan Carlos Galindo Lanuza, head of the medical services of the same club, were also brought in for questioning.

There is said to be focus by the police operation on three games spread across the top three divisions.