The final day of La Liga this weekend will come under the watchful eyes of the authorities like never before, claims El Confidencial.
Up to 22 inspectors from Spain’s tax authorities are set to scrutinise the fixtures that will have a bearing on the title and relegation issues, even more so following alleged comments this week from Granada goalkeeper Ivan Kelava.
The Croatian revealed to reporters that some of his teammates had told him “Real Madrid could give us a bonus”, ahead of their fixture at Los Carmenes.
According to the report, the authorities have been tasked with trying to detect whether a team or player has received some form of ‘covert incentive’, either to win or lose a game on the last day.
Miguel Cardenal, President of Spain’s Superior Sports Council, is believed to be the instigator of these actions and is said to be in contact with the powers that be to focus on the matches that affect both ends of the table: Real Betis-Getafe, Sporting Gijon-Villarreal, Rayo Vallecano-Levante, Granada-Barcelona and Deportivo la Coruna-Real Madrid.
The issue of paying bonuses to teams and players in nothing new in Spain and only this week La Liga chief Javier Tebas admitted they are paying close attention to certain games.