NEWS
Thursday May 30 2013
‘Matches this year have been fixed’

Marca are running quotes from unnamed players, Coaches and Presidents all attesting that match fixing in Spanish football exists.

Levante are currently embroiled in match fixing accusations, with their players under investigation for alleging determining the outcome of their Week 31 home defeat to Deportivo.

Newly-elected Spanish Football League President Javier Tebas has also previously indicated a belief that the Primera and Segunda Divisions both have matches fixed.

Marca are this week running quotes from unnamed sources in La Liga to back up Tebas’ point of view.

“I went to play against Levante and the Coach, in the pre-match team talk, told us: ‘We're going to play, to jump, to compete and to score. If we score a goal, they will equalise, and if they score a goal against us, we will equalise. If, in the 85th minute, the scores are level, we give up and that's it’,” explained an unnamed Primera Division player.

“We both needed a draw. We finished 0-0. In the talk, he told us not to fake it the whole way through the match. It was laughable.”

A Coach in the game has offered his view on the situation: “I've even doubted about whether or not to put a player in the line up, thinking he had been bought.

“You don't trust half the squad. But if you take them out and put young players in, they end up accusing you of not wanting to win.”

One President in La Liga has asserted that there was an attempted fix at a particular game this season, but it was ‘closed down’ and ‘covered up’.

“This season in Rayo, there was contact with a player before the game against Mallorca, but the footballer immediately spoke up and his coach closed down the situation.

“What happened is that Rayo covered it up. I wouldn't cover it up. League matches have been fixed this season.”

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