Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The integrity department of the Spanish football association (RFEF) has transferred ‘new information’ regarding the ongoing Operation Oikos match-fixing investigation to its Competition Committee which will determine if new disciplinary measures need to be opened, said the RFEF in a statement. Over the weekend, reports emerged that police are investigating Villarreal CF’s 2-2 draw with Getafe CF on 18 May last year, however any suggestion of impropriety was denied by both clubs. ‘Both Villarreal CF and its first team want to underline that they absolutely reject the accusations made in recent hours and want to publicly deny in a categoric and emphatic way the alleged involvement in match fixing during the match against Getafe CF (2-2) at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez’, read a statement from Villareal CF.
‘Given the dissemination of the news that appeared in relation to the alleged involvement of our player, Mr. Jorge Molina, with allegations of match-fixing, Getafe CF, SAD wants to offer its unconditional support and regrets the serious violation of its fundamental right to the presumption of innocence’, read a statement from Getafe CF, after reports suggested Molina had prior knowledge of a match-fixing attempt. ‘We want to spread a message of rejection and categorically deny any implication related to this matter and this type of conduct. The dissemination of such unfounded and unjustified news damages the image of our player and his personal and family environment […] We declare that the Club reserves the right to exercise any civil or criminal actions against those individuals or legal entities that give or provide credibility, make comments or help to spread such serious, free and reprehensible demonstrations by any means or means of communication and that seek to relate our Player or the Club to the said matter.’
The RFEF’s statement emphasised that despite its referral, it supported the presumption of innocence. It said that it is ‘actively cooperating’ with the Huesca Court of First Instance, which began investigating after the local team, SD Huesca, was implicated in match-fixing allegations.
The statement said that the RFEF had brought SD Huesca’s 1-0 victory over Gimnastic de Tarragona on 29 May 2018 to the attention of prosecutors. Interestingly, La Liga made the same claim on 28 May last year.
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