Spanish police are considering opening an official investigation into Valencia’s two-goal La Liga victory at Real Valladolid, report El Mundo.
In a match-fixing operation in Spain which has become known as Operation Oikos, Los Che’s last day victory is at the centre of the media attention.
A previous report in the same media outlet claimed they had wire taps confirming that seven Real Valladolid players had been ‘bought’ to deliberately lose the match.
“There were seven players bought, nothing more,” is one of the reported phrases by the now retired footballer Carlos Aranda, who has been arrested, which has been intercepted by the police.
The police report into the events claims the game “directly affected the integrity of the competition,” while Valladolid captain Borja Fernandez (who retired after the game) represents ‘at least one player’ to be directly implicated.
The report in El Mundo 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.
This follows on from reports that also claims that this game is under investigation alongside Valencia’s 6-2 win at Huesca late in the season alongside a 2-1 win for Real Betis over Huesca.
Los Che led by five goals at half time at Huesca while Betis needed a last-minute winner against Huesca – coming courtesy of a spectacular long-range effort from captain Joaquin.
It is reported that suspicions have come from ‘irregular betting patterns’ in and around all three of the games.