Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
Osasuna’s former CEO, Ángel Vizcay, has told Spain’s Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) that the Spanish Segunda División club paid €150,000 to Real Valladolid for beating Deportivo La Coruña during the 2012/13 football season, according to media reports. Radio station Cadena SER recently broadcast parts of an interview between Vizcay and LFP President Javier Tebas. These were later published by Spanish newspaper Marca.
In the published transcript, Vizcay also claims that €150,000 was paid to Real Betis for beating Celta Vigo, however neither team were in the Segunda División during the 2012/13 season. Osasuna’s President, Luis Sabalza, had earlier said that the club was not aware of any matches being bought. It is also alleged that Osasuna and Espanyol had agreed to draw a game on the final day of the 2013/14 season, which ended 1-1. Espanyol were subsequently relegated.
Vizcay, former Osasuna President Miguel Archanco and former board member Jesus Maria Peralta have been arrested, after an investigation found that money missing from the club’s accounts could have been used to finance match-fixing. On 19 February, a club statement revealed that it would appear before a Pamplona court, after an LFP audit found that the club’s accounts had failed to account for €2.4 million.
Ninety five percent of 1,324 Spanish footballers from 88 teams questioned by researchers from the...