News 5th March 2015

Spanish match-fixing inquiry delayed until the summer

A Spanish match-fixing inquiry has been delayed until the end of the football season, due to difficulties in getting the 42 individuals named by prosecutors to Spain to answer charges, reports The Guardian. Manchester United player Ander Herrera (pictured) was due to appear at a Valencia court today to give evidence.

The case has been brought forward by the Spanish state prosecutor. It alleges that a Real Zaragoza 2-1 victory over Levante in 2011, which saved the club from relegation, was fixed. It is understood that the allegations centre on a €965,000 payment made to players, which prosecutors allege was initiated by Real Zaragoza’s board of directors.

The charges have already resulted in the Japan Football Association (JFA) terminating its contract with national coach Javier Aguirre, who was also named in the inquiry. The JFA has yet to appoint a replacement.

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